Mwanza AIDS Support Organization, Malawi
The Mwanza AIDS Support Organization (MWASO) in Malawi engages in sustainable projects that continue to run well after grant funds have been used. For example, TB patient clubs founded by MWASO sustain their activities by planting small gardens and selling the produce for a profit. TB clubs then use these profits for volunteer transportation, nutritional support, and re-investment in the gardens. This sustainable approach results in lasting change for TB patients.
Non-commercial Partnership E.V.A., Russian Federation
The grantīs objective is to monitor HIV+ peoples access to TB prevention and treatment. This is carried out by regional activists in 4 regions of Russia: Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Naberezhnye Chelny and Saint Petersburg. The preliminary monitoring results suggest that many patients are taking medication from the hospital and self-administering, a practice that violates Russian law on the treatment of tuberculosis. Phthisiology requires the administration of drugs under the direct supervision of medical staff. Almost a quarter of the respondents reported failures in delivery of drugs because of their absence. Almost a quarter of patients reported failure to receive their medication because they were not reporting to the hospital. The most significant barriers for patients during the period of treatment are: conflicts with other patients and medical staff, discrimination, depression and loneliness, and deteriorating financial condition. We will definitely include this data in our recommendations to change the current situation in the Russian Federation.
Malosa Community-Based Organization, Malawi
The Malosa Community-Based Organization (MACOBO) in Malawi builds and strengthens the capacity of local volunteers and health facility staff in order to integrate TB and HIV, prevention, care and support. Using a bottom-up approach, MACOBO has helped the community better understand the importance of early case detection of TB and subsequent TB treatment by quickly screening TB suspects and any person with symptoms suggestive of TB. Thus, the community has become more aware and responsive to the presence of life-saving TB/HIV services that are within their reach. MACOBO has also worked to combat stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and TB thereby ensuring a holistic and sustainable impact on the communities MACOBO serves.