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» Field Of Work

Malad, Kandivali, Borivali
Dahisar, Miraroad
Sasupada & surrounding villages, Thane.

» Population
  Nearly 15 lacs.
» Centres for Treatment :
Two fully equipped major centres,
Two other major centres,
Seven TB specialists,
21 peripheral centres (Family physicians voluntarily treat TB patients at their clinics).
» Investigation facilities available :
  X rays, Sonography
Pathology : CBC, ESR, Sputum for AFB (Special Microbiology Centre recognised by BMC), MT, HIV, BL sugar etc.
Camps
300 Patients took DOTS treatment in last 3 years & new continue the treatment
 
Projects
190 MDR patients were registered for their MDR treatment during last year.
 
Cost of treatment
A MDR patient requires about Rs. 4,000/- to 5,000/- worth of medicines per month for 18 to 24 months.
 

Till July 1992 - total treatment to all the TB patients was free. Then nominal charges were introduced because

  • Cost of medicines tripled
  • No. Of patients increased
  • Administrative cost also increased
  • While inflow of donation remained static.

But being a NGO with social and charitable aim, we cannot go "hard and fast by rules" with the society so we have formulated different schemes under which the patients can be treated. It is the treating doctors discretion that under which category the particular patient be treated depending upon his financial conditions.

Adoption scheme -
  The patients is treated totally free under some donors1 donation.
Free scheme -
  TB patient is charged Rs. I/- a day till his treatment is over. Patients bears the cost of investigation at subsidised rate. He will be helped if cannot afford.
Semi free schemes -
  He pays fixed nominal charge through out the period of his treatment.
Paid scheme -
  He pays cost to cost charges for his treatment. This schemes is for affording patient.
Period of treatment
6 to 9 months.
All the patients are registered at the centers of their choice. Their complete details are taken. They are regularly provided with their medicine requirements. They are periodically seen by doctors.
Treatment Regimen Motivation and Education
  WHO recommended regimen. The doctors & social workers motivate and educate newly registered TB patients about this disease, benefits of right line of treatment, dangers of not taking treatment or giving it up prematurely.
Defaulters
 

This is a big menace world over. Those patients who do not complete the treatment but give up in between for any reason are called defaulters. TB is resistant or incurable because of them. A team of social workers trace these defaulters & bring them back to treatment.

 

 

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