WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP TUBERCULOSIS (TB)
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Read the Patients’ Charter for Tuberculosis Care [.pdf], which outlines the rights and responsibilities of people with tuberculosis. Familiarize yourself with its principles, turn them into reality and share them with people in your community. The charter encourages people with TB and their communities to demand their right to care, dignity and correct information. It also reminds people of their responsibilities as patients to follow treatment, contribute to community health and show solidarity.
Form or join a patient organization: Network with other TB patients and discuss how you could create a formal or informal group to provide each other and other TB patients support and guidance while they undergo treatment. Patient groups also can serve as powerful advocates for improved access to TB diagnosis and treatment. There may already be a TB patient organization in your area that you could join. Check the Stop TB Partnership Partners' Directory or your local health centre.
Spead TB awareness. Check the Stop TB Partnership Partners' Directory to find contact information for your local government tuberculosis programme or an NGO working on TB. Find out from them how you can help spread TB awareness in your community.
Help raise funds. Lead a drive in your school, workplace or community to raise funds for Stop TB or other TB initiatives. You can give funds to the Stop TB Partnership through a UN Foundation donation portal.
Observe World TB Day. Organize a World TB Day Event or find one in your community. To read more about World TB Day 2010, click here.
Share a success story. The Stop TB Partnership Secretariat is continually seeking success stories about people and communities doing their part to fight TB. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Stop TB Partnership. Please join us. Click here to verify that your organization is qualified to become a partner of the Stop TB Partnership.
Join a national partnership: Join a national movement to stop TB. Click here to see if there is a national Stop TB partnership in your country. If there is none, check the Stop TB Partnership Partners' Directory to find other organizations working in TB near your area and link with them. Click here to find out more about partnering with other organizations.
Link up with the national TB programme. Explore how your organization can work together with your national programme to reach more people with services or information about TB treatment and cure. Community organizations can make a difference by helping national programmes to access remote areas or vulnerable populations.
Share experiences and good practices. Send a narrative of your successes in community, programmatic and policy aspects of TB control or TB/HIV integration to email@example.com.
Apply for a grant from the Stop TB Partnership. The Partnership has two grant programmes: the Challenge Facility for Civil Society and TB REACH. The Challenge Facility supports community-based organizations engaged in advocacy and social mobilization activities. TB REACH grants are awarded for projects involving application of innovative, ground-breaking and efficient techniques, interventions, and activities that result in increased TB case detection.
Businesses can implement workplace TB programmes. There are many ways businesses can contribute to TB care and control efforts. Some of these require little or no investment and may prove cost-effective for the company, community and country as a whole. Click here to read more.