Sensitizing high-risk community on Tuberculosis and HIV

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Monday, April 23, 2018 — Within the framework of the World Tuberculosis Day celebrated on March 24, the coordination team of the Tuberculosis / HIV Elimination Project conducted a one day sensitization campaign targeting the community of Anse-La-Raye in Saint-Lucia.

Over 50 inhabitants of Anse-La-Raye have been sensitized to the Tuberculosis and HIV Elimination Project starting with presentations to the nursing service of the community along with testimonials from patients affected by Tuberculosis.

“This is a direct investment of health education and promotion in at risk communities as part of the corporate social responsibility of the OECS Commission. The public was very receptive and appreciated our initiative, especially men who are more at risk than women.” Dr. Cleophas d’Auvergne, Project Coordinator of the HIV/TB Elimination Project stated.

The coordination team of the Tuberculosis / HIV Elimination Project concluded the community visit by implementing a questions and answers session to enhance public awareness and deepen the understanding of participants about both diseases.      

This targeted initiative forms part of a regional campaign undertaken in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization and the Global Fund. The US $5 million Tuberculosis and HIV Elimination Project which aims at preventing and controlling the diseases in the Eastern Caribbean operates in six participating OECS Member States: Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint-Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada.

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