KMET & Partners Bring on board community health workers in the fight against TB in Nyanza.

Latest statistics show that Kenya has a large TB burden ranked at 15 out of 22 countries in the world that contribute to 80% TB cases with 3million of such cases going undetected.
It is due to such alarming statistics that KMET and Population Service Kenya in collaboration with the Ministry of Health have opted to scale up services offered in the franchised clinics (Huduma Poa and Tunza) in Nyanza with an aim of intensifying TB care detection, diagnosis, treatment and follow up.
KMET Health Communication and Marketing coordinator Amos Onderi said community health workers (CHWs) have been included in the fight against TB since they are expected to play a critical role in TB control ranging from active TB care search, referrals to defaulter tracing at community level.
Amos added that this programme also brings in private facilities in TB case management and diagnosis given that private facilities attend to about 60% of clients.
In the first training for 87 CHWs from Nyanza at Royal City hotel in Kisumu, Siaya County TB and Leprosy Coordinator Mary Wambura said the CHWs will promote early TB diagnosis and therefore boost the cure rates.
KMET CEO Monica Oguttu expressed her confidence that TB mortality rates in Nyanza will reduce since the CHWs are going to be TB change agents in the community and encourage people to go for screening.
She urged the CHWs to always consult with the providers and together walk with the community to prevent late diagnosis in what she dabbed “Operation Linda Community.”

Kisumu Sub County TB and Leprosy Coordinator Beatrice Okwaro taking the class on the importance of proper nutrition for TB clients.

Kisumu Sub County TB and Leprosy Coordinator Beatrice Okwaro taking the class on the importance of proper nutrition for TB clients.

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