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Saving Lives and improving livelihoods through community multi – drug Resistant tuberculosis care

Tasiu (middle) standing in front of his new photography studio (February 2015) with his “directly observed treatment short course” (DOTS) provider and the Local Government TB Supervisor

Tasiu was diagnosed with multi drug resistant TB (MDR TB) in January 2014 and is one of many such patients spread across Kano State. Tasiu’s battle with tuberculosis (TB) began in 2008 while he was training to become a teacher at the Federal College of Education in Kano State. He noticed what at that time appeared to be a mild cough. He visited the nearest patent medicine vendor (PMV), where an over the counter drug was given to him. He took the cough medications as prescribed but his cough never went away. His condition continued to deteriorate. He started noticing drenching night sweats and the fever became more frequent triggering a danger alert that now he needed to see a doctor and get a proper diagnosis. His visit to one of the major health facilities in the state revealed a diagnosis of TB and he was immediately started on treatment. Tasiu completed his treatment regimen for pulmonary TB with interruptions from time to time due to the strike action embarked upon by health care workers at that time. (more…)

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Today is World TB Day 2015!

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World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.

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A District Head becomes an Advocate of Community PMTCT

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Sundimina town is approximately 85km from Birnin Kudu town within B/Kudu LGA of Jigawa State. A rising jewel city in Northern Nigeria. Peaceful and captivating from its vast reservoir of rice farms and home of the Hadejia-Jama’are river basin. On the 11th day of December 2013, financial support from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) got to Sundumina community. (more…)

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Attaining a HIV free generation: “Baba Belewu’s” experience in Lagos State

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“Baba Belewu” as he is fondly called hails from Mainland Local Government Area (LGA) of Lagos State. He is a highly respected and well known Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) in his community, and is currently the coordinator of all TBAs in the LGA. Chief Belewu has no formal education but was introduced to the practice of traditional birth delivery at a very young age. He took his first delivery in 1960 at the age of 15, a skill he learnt from his father and was passed down to him through several generations of the family. (more…)

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