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Target TB launches two major new projects on World TB Day

On World TB Day, 24th March 2012, Target TB announced the launch of two major TB projects, supported by two of the UK’s biggest charitable funders, the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief.

Target TB is linking the fight against TB, one of the world’s biggest killer diseases, with other key issues affecting people living in poverty in Africa and Asia. TB isn’t a disease of the past. It kills 1.4 million people each year, even though TB is curable. 98% of those deaths are in the developing world.

In Balaka, a poor rural district in Malawi with few health services, Target TB screens women and children for TB during routine antenatal and under five clinics. Trained staff will link anyone found with TB to free treatment and support. If untreated, TB in pregnant women can lead to neonatal mortality, lower birth weights, prematurity and complications. Parents unaware that they have TB can also infect their young children through close contact.

In East and West Singhbhum districts of Jharkhand, India, Target TB drives a 4×4 mobile health-clinic into the heart of 192 remote tribal villages. As well as testing and treating for TB, health-workers will also test for malaria, fighting two major diseases with shared resources. Tribal people are amongst the poorest of the poor in Indian society. They are isolated in hard to reach regions and largely misunderstood due to traditional beliefs and customs.

Nikki Jeffery, Director at Target TB (2012) says ‘these projects are a huge boost to Target TB’s work. We can reach out to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, women, children, and indigenous groups, with life-saving TB information, treatment and care & support. I’m delighted that Target TB has been given this opportunity by both The Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief’.

Children learning about TB in Malawi 

 

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