Each year, hundreds of thousands of new cases arise in Pakistan – one of the highest TB burden countries in the world – yet many patients continue to go undiagnosed and untreated.
A lack of awareness and access to care means hard-to-reach communities are left behind in the fight to cure TB. In order to screen, diagnose and treat more patients, there is a need for adaptive solutions to reach patients at the community level.
Adolescent girls (Kiran Sitaras) were provided training on an Adolescent Health and Leadership Program (AHLP), and mobilized to conduct verbal screening of TB patients in their locales. The patients were then connected with free-of-cost testing and diagnostic services.
By establishing effective referral mechanisms, the project has connected members from underserved communities to free-of-cost TB diagnosis and treatment.
During this project, 35,000 adolescent school girls and 741 teachers were trained through AHLP. After their extensive training, Kiran Sitaras were mobilized for community visits. They engaged with approximately 121,171 households and conducted verbal screening for TB patients.