In 2003, Malteser International took over the TB projects from UNHCR and started to carry out a tuberculosis control project focussing in particular on vulnerable groups in the township Maungdaw.
Besides education, care and treatment of tuberculosis through DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Scheme) attendants, targeted provision of food to infected people and their families is supposed to support convalescence and equally create an incentive for the affected to conclude their treatment successfully.
In October 2007, Malteser International extended the TB project to the neighbouring township of Buthidaung in Northern Rakhine State. With this expansion, Malteser International now reaches more than 700,000 people.
Besides Malaria and HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis is one of the main health problems in Myanmar. In Northern Rakhine State, the situation is particularly severe. Here, Muslim groups had to flee to Bangladesh in 1992/1992 and were only in recent years able to return to their country under the protection of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR.
Amongst the still oppressed and mainly landless repatriates, great poverty, malnutrition and high population density are the triggers for tuberculosis (TB). TB often affects those family members who earn an income and hence has catastrophic effects on the socio-economical situation for the entire family.
|Financing:||UNOPS-3DF, EuropeAid, World Food Programme (WFP), UNHCR (Revolving Fund), Malteser International|
|Partner:||Community Health workers, local health authorities, national TB control programme|
|Malteser International:||Maren Paech|