Each year, March 24th commemorates the day on which Dr. Robert Koch identified the cause of Tuberculosis (TB), a deadly infectious disease which can be prevented through screening and vaccination and treated with antibiotics. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 1.7 million people died from TB in 2009. The highest number of deaths was in the Africa region. BRAC Uganda is working to lower the incidence of TB through detection and treatment.
On March 24, BRAC Uganda observed World TB Day in the areas where BRAC implements a TB detection and treatment program. The events were undertaken in consultation with the District Health Officers in Kitgum, Pader, Arua and Nebbi districts. It was the first time World TB Day was observed in those districts.
In Nebbi, Kitgum and Pader, BRAC organised a radio spot focusing on TB signs and symptoms. Certain districts held colorful rallys that attracted up to 80 participants. In the Nebbi market, a short performance depicting TB signs, symptoms and treatment attracted a large audience.
After the rally in Kitgum, BRAC distributed anti-TB medicine to District Health Officials. The program was concluded with a speech from the Resident District Commissioner (RDC). Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also collaborated during this occasion. BRAC Uganda also distributed anti-TB medicine in Maracha and Zamboo. In Maracha, there were meetings with the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), BRAC and WHO Zonal Medical Officer. After being briefed on BRAC’s interventions on TB by the District Health Officer as well as WHO representatives, the CAO committed to incorporate BRAC’s activities in the annual plan for the district.