TB: Roles Of CSOs For Effective Control Can’t Be Downplayed

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Stakeholders in the Health Sector have identified community approach as a necessity for an effective fight against tuberculosis in Nigeria.
The call was made during the 2020 Civil Society Accountability Forum virtual pre-conference, organised in collaboration with Stop TB Partnership Nigeria with the theme, “Integrating Community Systems strengthening for effective HIV, Malaria and COVID-19 response in Nigeria.”

 

According to the Board Chair, Stop TB Nigeria, Ayodele Awe, there is an urgent need to integrate community based approach to finding missing TB cases across the country.

“For us in TB, community level is the operational level for TB and the level for the integration of diseases.
A survey carried out in 2012 on TB indicates that 75 percent of the TB cases that we are not detecting are in the community, coughing and we don’t know them.

We need to increase our collaborative activities to ensure that we are able to detect cases”

Speaking, Dr Emperor Ubochioma, Programme Management Team, NTBLCP/Global Fund, said that CSS was based on community interventions that would critically look into issues.

 

He harped on integrating services with other areas and entities working on malaria, HIV and even those currently working on COVID-19.

“If we want to look at health outcomes, we must look at the approach where the communities are involved in issues of designing the programmes, delivering them and also participate in monitoring and evaluating those services and activities.

 

“It becomes very vital that every person in the community should be engaged. It is imperative that during our planning and strategic process, all entities and all those involved at all levels should participate to ensure that things are carried out appropriately.”

Also lending his voice, Dr Chijioke Osakwe, of the National Community TB Taskforce, said the role of communities and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) could not be over-emphasised especially in finding missing TB cases and treatment.

He explained that TB is a major public health problem in many parts of the world with Nigeria as one of the 30 countries in the world with the highest burden of TB, adding that eight countries account for two thirds of the total, with Nigeria being among.

Osakwe said if CBOs are better organised and present in the communities, they can actually provide direct services to communities that can be used to respond to the challenges in the community.

He advocated that a certain percentage of programme budgeting be reserved to support CSOs and CBOs as this would ensure continued operation.

 

Also speaking, Dr Emperor Ubochioma, Programme Management Team, NTBLCP/Global Fund, said that CSS was based on community interventions that would critically look into issues.

He harped on integrating services with other areas and entities working on malaria, HIV and even those currently working on COVID-19.
“If we want to look at health outcomes, we must look at the approach where the communities are involved in issues of designing the programmes, delivering them and also participate in monitoring and evaluating those services and activities.

“It becomes very vital that every person in the community should be engaged. It is imperative that during our planning and strategic process, all entities and all those involved at all levels should participate to ensure that things are carried out appropriately.



Atinuke Nukay

Atinuke Nukay is a Presenter/Reporter for TV360 Nigeria, Abuja Bureau.  She is a Media/Communication professional, who has worked as a ICT journalist, and is also specialized in Business, Telecommunications, Gender Issues and several other Beat-reporting for more than a decade.  Atinuke currently covers the National Assembly for TV360. She has garnered robust and wide international exposure over the years.  She is a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and also the Vice President, Nigeria Information Technology Reporters' Association (NITRA) Abuja Chapter. A graduate of Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism, Abuja. Atinuke is a business communication strategist and image perception management professional and a member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).


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