Early 2013, OVSA started with its URC-funded ‘Early Detection of TB Project’. This project consists of five workshops which educate learners about TB and TB/HIV co-infection (how you get it, why it can be dangerous, how to identify it and how to treat it).
The last workshop in the series helps the learners to understand the critical importance of Intensified Case Finding (ICF) for the early detection and treatment of TB. Children under the age of five, elderly people, HIV-infected persons, persons with TB contact, those who have Diabetes, Silicosis, are on steroids for more than four weeks or receiving chemotherapy for malignancy, are all a high priority for ICF or Intensified Case Finding. For them, it is of high importance that they are regularly screened for TB, and this is where young learners can make a difference!
Through the ‘Early Detection of TB Project’ learners are taught how to use the Department of Health’s TB screening tool, so that they can actively screen themselves, their peers or their loved ones for the signs and symptoms of TB. In this way they can help to detect TB early and play an important role in managing TB infection in their communities.