The Project titled “Improved access to TB services for underserved communities in Andhra Pradesh (TAP)” aimed at reducing levels of TB and TB/HIV co-infection, and increase access to effective health services, through sensitised and empowered communities and local advocacy’. The target communities included tribal and fishing communities, women and children and people living in sparsely populated areas.
The project was operational in 27 blocks spread across six districts of Andhra Pradesh namely, East Godavari Krishna, Nellore, Prakasham, Srikakulum and Vishakhapatnam.
K. Venkateswara Rao
“Today, I am alive thanks to a timely outreach,” Komali Venkateswara Rao from Dandamgitribal village of East Godavari district.
During an awareness meeting conducted by TAP outreach worker, Venkateswararaowas identified in a deteriorated health condition. He was referred him for TB and HIV testing and found positive for TB and HIV co-infection. He was very frail and even couldn’t walk properly prior to the treatment. But he has improved a lot within a short time after commencing the treatment.
As ignorance about the infection, mode of transmission, testing and treatment were the main causes behind his deterioration, he decided to be a part of the support group and help the TAP outreach workers in educating the people around his village on HIV/TB.