Health Conservation

In India today, two deaths occur every three minutes from tuberculosis (TB) but these deaths can be prevented with proper care and treatment, TB patients can be cured and the battle against TB can be won. Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by a Bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is spread through the air by a person suffering from TB. A single patient can infect 10 or more people in a year. To curb the menace, the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), based on the DOTS strategy, began as a pilot in 1993 and was launched as a national programme in 1997. By the end of December 2005, around 97% (about 1080 million) of the population had been covered under the programme, and the entire country was covered under DOTS by 24th March 2006. Axshya Project supports RNTCP in selected districts of Uttar Pradesh.

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Ganga team visited several schools in the Unnao area to promote the tobacco control message. Intermediate and high school age students attended the program.

Mr. Ashish and Mr Tiwari welcomed all students and introduced the team. With the aid of a Power Point presentation and video clips, they spoke on various topics such as What is tobacco? What poisonous substances does it contain? And How does it affect our health and environment? Pamphlets about tobacco control awareness were distributed by the team.

After awareness building and sensitization, students spent one hour on a creative activity designed to reinforce their new learning. Students who made outstanding efforts were rewarded for their achievements, for example: Best Written Essay, Most Correct Facts, or Most Convincing Slogan. The awareness program ended with an oath taking ceremony where all the students came forward to SAY NO TO TOBACCO and to HELP OTHERS TO GIVE UP THE HABIT OF USING TOBACCO. Afterward, the team identified several enthusiastic students and formed a Tobacco Control Club to help prevent the use of tobacco at the school and to help prevent the sale of tobacco products within a 100 meters of the school.

Before closing the programme, the team met the school teachers and the principal once again and encouraged them to monitor the activities of the Tobacco Control Club, to prevent chewing tobacco at school and to work towards making the school tobacco free. Last but not the least, the team put up the slogans and signage of keeping the school environment tobacco free. Students keenly participated in the activities organized by the team, including: Essay Competitions, Slogan Making Competitions Poster Making Competitions Role Plays and Quiz Competitions.

Participants from all schools enthusiastically vowed to say “NO” to tobacco and to help make their schools tobacco free through the creation of the “Tobacco Free” club. Ganga team encouraged teachers to see that the aims of the club were achieved. The teachers responded with keen interest.

Healthy Behaviour Promotion Project

It is now well established that the burden of illnesses are related to aspects of individual behaviour, specially long term patterns of behaviour, often referred to as ‘life styles’ for a variety of chronic communicable and non-communicable health problems. A variety of unhealthy behavioural practices or ignorance/neglect of healthy ones in the areas of daily living, health care and health promotion not only contribute to a number of acute/chronic communicable, infestitious, nutritional, dermatological and non-communicable diseases but reduce immunity to diseases and strength of ‘security cover’ too. These behaviour profiles may be referred to as ‘illness breeding behaviour profiles’. Unhealthy sanitary and hygiene practices, maintaining poor ventilation, eating unbalanced, unhygienic and stale food, wearing unclean cloths, practicing unhygienic/promiscuous sex, indulgence in substance abuse, not seeking health care when sick, believing too much in folk healing practices, vacillating between positive & negative frame of mind, weakening of stress coping mechanisms, pessimistic out look are some of the examples of illness breeding behaviours and practices. The organization assessed the daily routine of people from a pocket of villages at Hassanganj Block of Unnao district. Here the intervention for upkeep of health by simple methods of proactiveness and conscious efforts were suggested to the 300 women for their families. As a resultant the families started getting rid of the day to day illness and saving their hard earned money. This helped the younger ones and the elders too. The women and men of the target families were benefitted by the project.

TB Care and Control: Axshya Project Lucknow

Axshya (meaning ‘free from TB’) is a civil society initiative to strengthen TB care and control in India. Axshya is co-ordinated by two civil society representative organisations – International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) South-East Asia Office and World Vision India (WVI). The overarching objectives of project Axshya activities are to support Government of India’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) to expand its reach, visibility, and effectiveness, and to engage community-based providers to improve TB services, especially for women and children, marginalized, vulnerable and TB-HIV co-infected populations. Its guiding principles are a promotion of universal access to quality TB care , community participation, sustainable interventions, and equitable distribution with gender and social sensitivity. Active in 374 districts across India, Axshya is a landmark project. It is a timely intervention that aligns with the Stop TB strategy and supports India’s tuberculosis programme to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Ganga Sansthan has been actively implementing the programme in Lucknow and Sitapur districts since June 2012.

Recently, in the Lucknow slums, the Team organized 92 awareness meetings involving 1852 people. We also contacted 4058 families by door knocking. Suspected cases were referred to the DMCs (Designated Microscopy Centers). Of 112 suspected cases, five proved positive and started DOTS treatment.

In Sitapur district, the Team organized 45 awareness meetings in hard to reach villages and involved 1020 villagers. A further 1483 families were contacted through door knocking and the suspects were referred to the DMCs (Designated Microscopy Centers). Of the 192 suspects, seven proved positive and began DOTS treatment.

During our next round, 48 awareness meetings were arranged in the slums of Lucknow. Three cases were identified from 85 suspects and referred to treatment. In Sitapur district, 53 awareness meetings were conducted. Ninety-three suspects were identified, six tested positive and are undergoing treatment.

Axshaya Project the happiness of Ram Kishun and his children

A Success story:
Ram Kishun, 36 year old labourer had always been a dedicated worker at a carpenter workshop in Aishbagh area of Lucknow. He had been a good worker at workplace and a good friend and helper of his coworkers. He fed a small and happy family of three children who used to live at a small village of Sitapur district. The children loved their father, Ram Kishun and always waited for him to come home with lots of gifts and sweets. From a few recent days, Ram Kishun was not working properly due to the sleepless nights he was spending. He was having fever in the evening time and a frequent pain in chest. He was finding himself unable to work properly and even his productivity was getting down. Due to the conditions he was loosing his hunger and the weight was dropping severely. He was coughing all night and lost his regular sleep. He saw the nearby medical practitioners of the Aishbagh area but they could provide only instant relief for a few hours. The grass root organization, Ganga was working with project Axshaya of CBCI CARD and so conducting GKS meetings and sputum collection and transportation in Aishbagh area. The Ganga team conducted a survey of carpenter workshops of the area and contacted Mohd. Zakir Ali, the workshop owner, where Ram Kishun worked. Zakir explained the deteriorating condition of Ram Kishun. Ganga team collected his sputum and reached Ganeshganj DMC under Rajendra Nagar TU. The sputum examination was found positive and pulmonary tuberculosis was confirmed. Ram Kishun was immediately informed and taken to DOTs treatment. After starting his treatment he was shifted to the concerned DMC of Tikra at Sitapur district at his hometown. Ram Kishun is under treatment now a days and is in much better condition. He has got relief and improved condition. He didn’t come back to Lucknow but he works at the village and over the field according to his efficiency. His earning is again increasing day by day and the family is again happy and moving towards a new dawn. Ram Kishun and Zakir Ali thanked Ganga and Project Axshaya and RNTCP as well for saving the life of Ram Kishun and returning happiness over the face of his children once again.

World TB day, 24th March: Clothing Distribution to TB Patients

On the occasion of World TB Day, Ganga organization distributed clothes to the TB affected community. During the program, the organization collected the patients at the DMC Mahmoodabad where the team distributed the old clothes to them. After the presence of chief guest, the Medical Officer In charge Dr. S.P. Gupta, the organization facilitated the distribution of the old clothes among TB patients. On the occasion Senior Treatment Supervisor of the Health Centre Mr. Suresh along with the reputed members from the community like Pradhans and influential people attended the programme. During the event, 47 TB affected .persons were benefitted from the event. Though TB is a curable disease but the community holds the impression that it is not curable and can cause killing. Or the disease may not affect certain group of people of society. But these are myths and the disease could affect anybody. To remove these myths and to raise the voice and concerns of TB patients, the event was organized.

Rural Development approach

• Empowering villages
• Working with village functionaries
• In line with village communities
• Afforestation
• Land degradation and desertation issues
• Soil conservation
• Water for irrigation
• Agribusiness
• Traditional agrarian practices
• Livestock management
• Disaster management
• Agriculture development

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