PRATAM project adopted an approach of working with the respective associations of Pharmacists and RHCPs. Moreover, it also used peer motivators who were also pharmacists and RHCPs and were instrumental in maintaining the interest and motivation of their peers and actively engaging them in referral and DOTS provision.
Shruthi is a 19-year-old college girl. As she fell ill very frequently, her parents took her to nearby healthcare provider for treatment. He gave her antibiotics and as a result her condition improved a little. But once the course used to be over her illness relapsed. She was also taken to a black-magician for treatment.
Due to these treatments and torture she became mentally and physically weak. Her brother consulted a pharmacist from a nearby medical shop who was enrolled with PRATAM. He advised them to get Shruthi tested for TB at nearby RNTCP unit. She was diagnosed positive for TB and put on DOTS treatment. It helped that the pharmacist was trained and suspected her to be TB presumptive case. This helped Shruthi to get timely treatment.