Our contribution helps reduce the economic impact of TB on the most under-privileged communities in Mumbai slums.
Over 6 million people live in the slums of the Greater Mumbai area, where tuberculosis remains a major cause of death. The economic and social cost for the patients and their families is tremendous. Besides strengthening and decentralising TB health services, the Inter Aide programme raises awareness among the local population of risks, prevention and available care.
By the end of June 2016, the project had achieved significant results. 63 DOTS (Directly Observed Therapy Short) centres were functioning and prevention activities had touched almost 6 million people. Currently, the cure rate for patients treated in DOTS centres is more than 80%. With the Trafigura Foundation’s contribution, ATIA is controlling TB and local authorities are assuming the responsibility of managing the problem. ATIA’s case-detection activities have proven to be a huge success, not only because of their efficiency, but also because they have been taken over by the Mumbai municipality with the support of local funders (Lupin Laboratories). It’s a great example of a successful transfer of programme activities to the local authorities.