Part of the Global Fund Round 9 India TB Grant for the period 2010-15, project Axshya was a civil society initiative to strengthen TB care and control in India. Axshya (a Sanskrit word meaning ‘free from TB’), was a project co-ordinated by two civil society representative organisations, namely International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and World Vision India (WVI). Project Axshya was a timely intervention that aligns with the Stop TB strategy and supports India’s tuberculosis programme to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Blossom’s role in this project was to organize four GKS meetings per month throughout the years, conduct cultural programmes, staff training, refer TB suspect cases for sputum collection and conduct sensitization meetings in high-risk communities particularly targeting smokers and HIV positive groups.
Additionally, a large focus has been placed on preventing Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR) through tracing out defaulters and encouraging treatment continuation by Blossom staff. 77 new cases were identified and 63 default cases were traced out and put back to treatment.
Project duration: 2010-2015