TB/HIV/AIDS Programme

 Tuberculosis or TB is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body. TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. If you have been exposed, you should go to your doctor for tests. You are more likely to get TB if you have a weak immune system.

Symptoms of TB in the lungs may include
• A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
• Weight loss
• Loss of appetite
• Coughing up blood or mucus
• Weakness or fatigue
• Fever
• Night sweats
If not treated properly, TB can be deadly. You can usually cure active TB by taking several medicines for a long period of time. TIO in partnership with other donor agencies is working very hard to decrease the burden of TB and HIV in populations affected by both diseases by advocating for better collaboration between TB and HIV programs and enhancing community involvement in collaborative TB/HIV activities.

http://50.87.153.143/~kxtesiai/images/tb1.jpgThe project will identify key stakeholders for both diseases and promote improved collaboration among them by advocating for the establishment of coordinating bodies at all levels; increase community, patient and provider knowledge about TB/HIV co-infection.

Moreover, poor awareness and wrong attitude of the society towards modern TB treatment further impairs the progress to control TB.  Many patients discontinue anti-TB drugs, or take it inappropriately without understanding the dangerous consequences. The consequences might include:
•Loss of life
•High cost of treatment of resistant TB and loss of productivity of TB patients
•Reduced quality of life of patients and their care givers
•Degraded trust of patients and the society on health care systems as a result of the failure to treat resistant TB
•Diminished commitment of health care personnel in management of resistant TB which requires strong dedication.
Tesia Isanga Organization in partnership with the Donor organizations,  Ministry of health and sanitation are working together to advocate TB treatment, its spread and also the accessibility of, medication for those infected.

http://50.87.153.143/~kxtesiai/images/tb2.jpgHIV/AIDS

HIV is transmitted primarily via unprotected sexual intercourse, contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding. Some bodily fluids, such as saliva and tears, do not transmit HIV. Prevention of HIV infection, primarily through safe sex and needle-exchange programs, is a key strategy to control the spread of the disease. There is no cure or vaccine; however, antiretroviral treatment can slow the course of the disease and may lead to a near-normal life expectancy. While antiretroviral treatment reduces the risk of death and complications from the disease, these medications are expensive and may be associated with side effects.  Tesia Isanga organization saw the need to educate the community in Taita Taveta County on the dangers of the virus and how to protect themselves.The purpose of this project is, therefore, ‘To reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in Taita Taveta County and enable the community to sustainably cope with its effects’.
The three key intervention themes that were participatory identified by key stakeholders:
1. Prevention/control of HIV/AIDS Spread.
2. Home based Community Care and Support.
3. Building local capacity for effective implementation and long-term response.

The organization has come up with different ways to educate the community as follows: -

(i).To sensitize the community on how HIV is transmitted and how the transmission can be prevented.
This sensitization will respect existing socio-cultural realities; for instance young people do not discuss sex-related issues in the presence of older people. Interpersonal communication will be complemented by extensive use of relevant IEC materials for a more effective change in knowledge, attitude and practices about HIV/AIDS.
(ii).Home Based Community Care and Support
To mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS in the community
This is through:-
Awareness talks on home based community care and support
(iii).Local Capacity Building for Service Delivery and long-term response
-To build local capacity for a long-term response to HIV/AIDS
-This is through training and equipping of Peer Educators-cum- Counselors (PEC).
-Training of condom distributors and supervision of condom distribution
-Training of community leaders in planning, lobbying, and advocacy skills so that they are able to plan, mobilize required resources, manage and sustain local initiatives.
-Formation, Training and equipping of local drama groups. Two local groups will be trained and equipped to perform drama on relevant themes.

Our Contacts

Tesia Isanga Organization (TIO)

P.O Box 1100 - 00502 Karen
Tel Nos. Nairobi office
0708-876520
0725-711738
0202504838

P.O Box 1100 - 00502 Karen
Tel Nos. Nairobi office
0708-876520
0725-711738
0202504838