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2016 – Tuberculosis prevention and control in Kicukiro District

Rwanda Development Organization (RDO) in the context of implementation of its project on Tuberculosis prevention and control in Kicukiro District funded by the Global Fund through Rwandan Ministry of Health, the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and its Single Project Implementing Unit (SPIU), organized the following activities all aiming at reducing TB incidence rate by raising community awareness on TB prevention and infection control especially among high risk groups (TB contacts, PLWH and other people with weakened immunity, malnourished people, diabetics patients, children, elderly people, etc).

Coordination meeting with the In charge of community health workers (CHWs)

A TB coordination meeting with the In charge of community health workers at Health Center and District Hospital levels and representatives of CHWs was organized at district level. In the meeting, data on TB incidence in the district were discussed, and information on TB and Diabetics diseases shared. In this occasion, plans and reports on community sensitization particularly for the HRG on TB prevention and infection control were presented.

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Participants

Participants

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Coordination meeting with HC & DH Officials and representatives of CHWs in Kicukiro District

Coordination meeting with HC & DH Officials and representatives of CHWs in Kicukiro District

Sensitization of Diabetic associations

Diabetic patients were identified through their association and health facilities (health centers and hospitals) and sensitized on TB prevention and infection control. Sensitization for awareness raising on their risk of TB infection was realized through a meeting organized at district level for the identified diabetics patients. The latter were explained that their high risk of TB infection is caused by the nature of the disease that lower or weakens their immunity, and malnutrition related to the special diet they eat. Therefore, they have to prevent themselves from TB infection by avoiding TB contact, live and eat healthy to strengthen their body and often visit health facilities for regular check-ups and early detection and management in case of TB infection.

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