News : Helpline for TB Care Launched in Punjab
Chandigarh, March 25, 2014 -- A toll free TB helpline, designated microscopic centre (DMC) helpline, was launched in Punjab by Dr Karanjeet Singh, director, health services and Dr Balbir Singh, state TB officer, on the occasion of World TB Day. The helpline is managed by Population Services International (PSI) under "Project Axshya," created to increase TB case detection and treatment adherence.
Project Axshya is a programme funded by Global Fund Round 9 Grant and is aligned with RNTCP and WHO's Stop TB Strategy.
The helpline will comprise outbound calling service and SMS facility targeted at AYUSH healthcare providers in order to build their capacity and also act as reminder medium to ensure correct TB diagnosis, treatment and follow-up for cure to address continuum of care for TB.
The DMC helpline is presently operational in 24 districts across Punjab, Karnataka and Maharashtra and will be scaled up. The helpline is being promoted through outreach to health care providers, pharmacists and through door-to-door visits conducted for active case finding. PSI also plans to use in-clinic POP material with health care providers (RHCP, AYUSH and chemists). PSI is also rolling out an outdoor (OOH) campaign in the programme districts to promote the helpline.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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