World Tuberculosis (TB) Day for 2017 was celebrated all over the world on 24th March with the slogan “United to end TB”.
In Nigeria, the National TB and Leprosy Control Programme held a series of activities that lasted for a week to commemorate World TB day, and several implementing partners for the control of TB were invited on board to celebrate the day with the National Programme. As well as The Leprosy Mission Nigeria, they included Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria; USAID partners like Center for Disease Control, Tuberculosis Foundation of Netherlands, and Family Health International; ILEP (International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations) partners in Nigeria; and Civil society against Tuberculosis in Nigeria also participated actively.
The activities carried out to commemorate World TB day include:
- A visit to an internally displaced persons camp on 20th March to supply relief materials to the internally displaced persons and to carry out screening exercise for Tuberculosis. TLM Nigeria was involved in the provision of logistic and financial support in preparation for the visit, as well as provision of technical support for the screening exercise.
- A consensus meeting was held with all the line ministries and non-traditional TB partners in the Federal Secretariat Abuja on 22nd March, with a view to finding innovative ways to include these ministries in the active search for TB cases in Nigeria. TLM Nigeria was on ground to contribute ideas and proffer suggestions on how to seamlessly include these ministries and partnerships in the control of TB in the country.
- A road walk was carried out around the Federal secretariat on 23rd March to raise awareness among the staff on the signs and symptoms of TB and where presumptive TB cases can get help. TLM Nigeria staff were actively involved in the road-walk and awareness campaign.
- The Honorable Minister of Health (Prof Isaac Adewale) and the Minister of State for Health (Dr Osagie Ehanire) were at a Primary Health Centre at Kuchingoro Community in Abuja, to give a press briefing and officially commission a GeneXpert site in the community donated by USAID. An outreach was also carried out in the community to screen presumptive TB cases. WHO and TLM Nigeria provided technical support for the outreach activity.
Thank you to the TLM Nigeria staff who participated in the World TB Day celebrations – Dr Moses Onoh (Country Leader), Dr Dimang Shadrach (Medical Advisor), Dr Sheshi Michael (Medical Advisor), and Goodluck Udo (PO).