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DC / IPCC Review Meeting – Central Zone:

15-17 Jan 2014

DC / IPCC Review Meeting- North East:

21-23 Jan 2014

DC / IPCC Review Meeting- South zone:

28-30 Jan 2014

DC / IPCC Review Meeting – West Zone:

04-06 Feb 2014

DC / IPCC Review Meeting – East Zone:

19 - 21 Feb 2014

PROJECT AXSHYA - The Global Fund Round 9 TB Project


Axshya (meaning ‘free from TB’) is a civil society initiative to strengthen TB care and control in India. Part of the Global Fund Round 9 India TB Grant for the period 2010-15, Axshya is co-ordinated by two civil society representative organisations – International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) South-East Asia Office and World Vision India (WVI).

The overarching objectives of project Axshya activities are to support Government of India’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) to expand its reach, visibility, and effectiveness, and to engage community-based providers to improve TB services, especially for women and children, marginalized, vulnerable and TB-HIV co-infected populations. Its guiding principles are a promotion of universal access to quality TB care, community participation, sustainable interventions, and equitable distribution with gender and social sensitivity.

Active in 374 districts across India, Axshya is a landmark project. It combines the forces of the Union – which has played a pivotal role in the fight against TB since 1920 – and the government of India, which has set in place one of the most successful TB control programmes in the world. It is a timely intervention that aligns with the Stop TB strategy and supports India’s tuberculosis programme to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

 
In the three years since it began

In the three years since it began, Project Axshya has emerged as a key partner in supporting the RNTCP’s agenda of TB care and control. The project has successfully and effectively taken TB awareness across the country through its extensive network of partners.

In a short while, the numerous Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation activities implemented by the partners in Project Axshya have raised knowledge levels and combatted stigma related to TB. They have also crucially led to greater civil society participation and community ownership in the fight against TB. A focus on reaching vulnerable communities living in hard-to-reach areas has been invaluable in facilitating the RNTCP’s mission of universal coverage.

Dr R S Gupta
Deputy Director General, Central TB Division
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India

I congratulate the Axshya team

I congratulate the Axshya team on completing three years of this landmark project and building on experiences and adapting ongoing activities to assure quality TB services for communities on the fringes.

With technical support from the Project Management Unit and in close coordination with colleagues from the RNTCP, all project district coordinators led an exercise in geographically mapping areas with marginalised and vulnerable populations. These detailed maps will provide a reference for prioritising interventions to key affected communities, while innovative platforms like the District TB Forums ensured that voices from this crucial group reached providers and policymakers. As the project moves towards its second phase and consolidation, it gives me great pleasure to wish this dedicated team of “TB warriors” every success and thank them for their untiring efforts and their personal passion for people affected by tuberculosis.

Dr Nevin C Wilson
Regional Director
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease