HOUSE TO HOUSE ACTIVE TUBERCULOSIS CASE SEARCH HOLDS PROMISE TO INCREASING CASE FINDING

SAM_3374The active case finding commenced in February 2016 by Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) is one of the strategic approaches currently being employed in the Global Fund New Funding Model (NFM) for increasing Tuberculosis case detection.

This is in response to the findings from the first Tuberculosis prevalence survey in Nigeria conducted in 2012, which showed high incidence of the disease.

87 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and 870 trained Community Tuberculosis Workers (CTWs) have been engaged in 22 priority states, for this intervention which is being funded by the Global Fund NFM grant.

ARFH’s recent oversight visits to some of the states revealed a lot of achievements and challenges currently being addressed.

The ARFH project coordinator for the Global Fund New Funding Model Tuberculosis Grant, Dr Queen Ogbuji, who visited some of the states, observed a remarkable commitment from the CBOs & the community health workers, with over 3000 households in various slums already visited.