Globally, the World Health Organisation reports that about 5,000 TB related deaths are recorded daily, of which, 95% occur in low- and middle-income countries (WHO, 2017). Nigeria ranks among the 30 high burden countries for tuberculosis (TB), TB/HIV, and Multidrug-Resistant TB (MDR-TB). In order to halt this tragic trend, ARFH in collaboration with National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) held a one-day orientation workshop for partner Community Based Organisations on active TB case finding.
The workshop which was hands-on focused on learning innovative strategies to scale up TB case finding in 12 states in Nigeria. In addition, the participants acquired information about the basic facts on TB, advocacy and community mobilisation strategies, awareness creation, identification of presumptive TB cases, as well as sputum collection and documentation.
We will continue to work with all our partners and community stakeholders to ensure prompt access to high-quality, patient centred TB diagnosis and treatment in Nigeria.