Paradiso TB Patients’ Trust is a community TB initiative, functioning as a Non-Governmental Organization existing according to the laws of Malawi, with its offices in Lilongwe. Founded in 2000 but officially registered in 2003; Paradiso is led and supported by people living with HIV and those affected by tuberculosis. It runs programs in Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS in seven districts of Malawi namely Lilongwe, Mchinji, Dowa, Dedza, Zomba, Phalombe, and Neno.
The Organization established local TB Clubs composed of former TB patients that are housed within the Ministry of Health’s Community Health Centres who are core to program implementation of the organisation. The TB Club members/volunteers disseminate TB information in the communities, screen for symptomatic cases using the four cardinal TB questions, refer presumptives cases to health facilities for TB testing using a coded card. Volunteers will then follow up test results of symptomatic(s) and give feedback to clients regardless of the results. Those diagnosed with TB are put on treatment; the Volunteers follow them up for treatment adherence up until the patients successfully complete treatment. Patients who have completed treated and are willing can join the TB club. With the Post TB disability project, the scope of care now continues to former TB patients facing disabilities/activity limitations after completing treatment
Currently the organization has eight offices in seven districts in which it directly delivers TB and HIV/AIDS programs in forty eight health centres with a membership base of one thousand volunteers across the forty eight health centres but we expect to expand significantly in the coming years. In addition, Paradiso also worked with traditional healers trained in TB screening using the four cardinal questions to refer symptomatic(s) accessing their services to the health centers for TB treatment
Founder of Paradiso TB Patients' Trust
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