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»Muthucharam Community Radio Station signed MoU with REACH Foundation, Chennai

Muthucharam Community Radio (CR) signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Resource Group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health (REACH) foundation, a reputed NGO in Chennai, established in 1999 in response to the rolling out of the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) in Tamil Nadu for producing 12 episodes on the awareness of Tuberculosis in the name of Project Axshya.

A three day training workshop was organized by REACH to provide an orientation for 15 Community Radio Stations across Tamil Nadu and other states from September 6 to September 8, 2012 at Hotel Vestin Park, Egmore. On the day one, welcome address was delivered by Dr. Nalini Krishnan, Director, REACH. She gave a brief introduction about Project Axshya/ REACH followed by an overview of Community Radio initiative for two years by Ms.Anupama Srinivasan, Technical Consultant, REACH. The workshop was inaugurated by the State TB Officer, Mr.Arunagiri. He mentioned that India is the country highest with TB burden in the world. He said, TB is an infectious disease caused by Bacteria which is completely curable and is not hereditary. All services under RNTCP are absolutely free.

Dr.Jaya Shreedhar, well known Radio trainer and a media entrepreneur took the participants through various radio skills starting with introduction to the radio feature, developing story ideas for radio features and basic research skills for radio features. A TB Quiz was even organized for the participants by Ms.Anne Sureshkumar, social worker in Project Axshya. Later a brief overview of RNTCP structure and TB programme in India was elaborated by Dr.Nalini and Ms. Anupama.

On Day 2, Participants were taken to a local TB Unit at Pulliyanthoppu near Egmore for better understanding of the functioning of Directly Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS) Center. Dr.Jaya dealt with radio skill session on recording sound in the field and radio interviews. Socio-economic impact of TB and the patient’s perspective was explained by Ms. Sheela Augustine, Project Manager of Axshya. Dr.Jaya continued with a brief presentationon radio interview with a patient, a DOTS provider/community volunteer and a pharmacist which was indeed very informative and live.

On the last day of workshop, Dr.Nalini Krishnan delivered a brief power point presentation on the Key TB topics. The radio trainer also helped the participants understand effective community participation and listenership by adopting innovative strategies. Project Documentation including sample radio series on TB, Project tracker sheet, IEC materials etc were handed over to the respective CR Stations.

List of TB topics given to the Community Radio series were:
  • TB in India
  • How TB spreads
  • How can I find out if I have TB?
  • Treatment for TB
  • The link between TB and Poverty
  • The Social impact of TB
  • How stigma affects TB
  • India's programme for TB control
  • Drug resistant TB
  • Double trouble: TB and HIV
  • Challenges in TB control
  • Community participation in TB control: role of volunteers.