Andhra Pradesh accounts for a disproportionately high percentage of India’s overall TB and HIV cases. Many of these are not even diagnosed. Even among those who are diagnosed and on treatment, the dropout cases are high.
TB Alert-UK launched the TB Advocacy Project (TAP) in 2011 to curb the spread of TB-HIV infections by helping the poor and marginalized communities through spreading awareness on these diseases, and improving their access to free medical care. The program was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).
The project was implemented in six districts of Andhra Pradesh i.e. Prakash, Nellore, Krishna, East Godavari, Vishakhapatnam, and Srikakulum.
TRIOs conducted the final evaluation of the project using randomized absolute experimental research design “Before-and-after-without control”. For the purpose of evaluation, TRIOs team conducted desk review of the project MIS and log frame, consultation with NGO partners, KAP survey in community, facility survey in sampled DMCs, patients survey , FGDs with community groups and In Depth interviews with districts health and ICDS officials.
The final report also included key recommendations and was published by TB Alert UK, Andhra Pradesh accounts for a disproportionately high percentage of India’s overall TB and HIV cases. Many of these are not even diagnosed, and even among those who are, high numbers drop out of treatment is noticed. This can have a huge impact on their own health, as well as increasing the spread of TB among their community.