Breaking the Barriers (BTB)is a four-year (2020-2024) community engagement initiative that is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It works in alignment with the National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2017 – 2025 of the Government of India for reducing morbidity due to TB.
The project is operational in four high burden districts in Telangana. It works among different vulnerable population groups in each district such as industrial workers in Sangareddy, vulnerable urban groups in Hyderabad and Warangal and tribal groups in Mahabubabad.
BTB adopts a patient-centered approach and engages with the communities across all stages of the project. Recognizing that each vulnerable population has its unique and specific needs, BTB conducts action research for identifying and prioritizing them. It then designs appropriate behaviour change matrices and community engagement strategies that address the unique needs of the communities which emerge from the research.