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Reaching the unreached

Working with tribal people to overcome TB

Using tribal volunteers, traditional healers and setting up community health resources to tackle TB in remote areas.

5 years

Charity information: Lepra

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  • Need


    TB is endemic in Orissa - around 80,000 people fall ill with TB and 17,500 die annually. The problem is made worse by HIV/AIDS co-infection. (TB is often difficult to diagnose in people with HIV, for example). The project area is the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada in eastern Orissa, where up to 60% of the population is tribal. The government’s TB programme has failed to reduce the incidence or control the death rates of TB.


    LEPRA is helping people to take an active role in reducing the impact of TB and HIV and to manage their own health problems in their communities. Our overall aim is to build strong health teams to generate health awareness and to address broader health issues in the future. These teams, together with nutrition support through community grain banks, will help make tribal people less vulnerable to ill-health and exploitation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish sputum collection centres with the involvement of local tribal volunteers


    » Carry out trainig and capacity buiding

    What success will look like

    Success will be...measured by the number of tests taken and increased numbers of people referred for treatment.

  • Impact


    People in the project area will know how to identify TB, where to go for treatment and the importance of taking the full course of medication. Prompt treatment and cure will reduce mortality and loss of income and lessen the impact of illness on families living from hand to mouth

    Through participation in village health committees, women will be able influence village health plans and the health needs of women will be better addressed, particularly those concerning reproductive health.


    Appropriate staff and volunteers can be recruited and maintained
    Social, cultural and religious sensitivities can be successfully addressed
    Vulnerable communities continue to participate and support project activities
    NGOs and CBOs develop sufficient capacity to take up TB, HIV and livelihood activities
    Stigma against TB and TB/HIV sufficiently addressed so as to ensure uptake of related services


    Funders will receive quarterly and six-monthly reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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