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TB Awareness raising at Victory Monument in Bangkok 12 June 2015

Based in Bangkok, AON Company (Thailand) attended its first health promotion event about TB and tobacco, together with Siam Kempinski Hotel. Organised by BE Health on 12 June at Victory Monument in Bangkok, 25 staff members from Siam Kempinski Hotel and about the same number of staff members from AON were trained by BE Health’s PHEs and enthusiastically participated in the event. Supported by the National TB Programme (NTP) and Thammasat University, this TB and anti-tobacco event aimed to check lungs through a spirometer and/or X-ray examinations and was labelled as an innovative health promotion model by the NTP. Approximately 400 citizens attended the event, of whom 104 were screened for TB and seven of whom were TB suspected.

Djibouti programme Up to Full Speed

With an estimation of more than 200 new tuberculosis cases every week, Djibouti’s citizens are almost used to living with the disease. Tuberculosis is part of their daily life and even called dahán (cough) amongst the Somali-speaking citizens. Most of the time, Djiboutians do not know what it implies to be infected by tuberculosis nor are they aware of its symptoms or the consequences of not completing a TB treatment course.
BE Health’s 22 peer educators in Djibouti reach out to colleagues at their workplace, family at home and their fellow community members to raise awareness about tuberculosis and HIV. Together, they connect with more than 300 people each month to pass on their knowledge and save TB patients who didn’t complete their six-month TB treatment course.
In collaboration with Djibouti’s Dr. Chakib Saad Omar tuberculosis hospital, BE Health’s peer educators will be instrumental in a locally designed programme to encourage patients to resume their medication.

Photo by Miriam Martinelli

Letter of Intent Signed with Healthcare Centre 41 from 70 Rai, Klong Toey

On 3 April 2015, BE Health signed a letter of intent with Healthcare Centre 41 to promote and foster health prevention and care in regards to tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, including the strengthening of the public health sector in Chumchon Mooban Pattana 70 Rai. BE Health also signed a letter of intent with Choomchon Mooban Pattana School to promote and foster health prevention through peer-to-peer education. BE Health trained 19 school students between 13 and 15 years old to become Youth Health Volunteers in their school and amongst their families and were certified the same day.

World TB Day at 70 Rai, Klong Toey (23 March 2015)

BE Health organised World TB Day at 70 Rai, Klong Toey and partnered with the medical staff of Healthcare Centre 41 and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), who came to the event with a mobile chest X-Ray van. The event was mainly focused on TB screenings and raising awareness through discussions, games and recreation. More than 250 residents took part in the event and 144 were screened with an X-Ray. As a result, eight TB cases were identified in one morning.

Pakhin Chanthathadawong

Pakhin is an experienced project manager in public health. He earned a Master of Art in International Relations and a Master’s of Public Health from Thammasart University, Thailand. For more than ten years, he’s gathered expertise in governmental and international not-for-profit organisations and been active in HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, tobacco and community based health interventions. Pakhin is also a skilled trainer in public health communication and marketing. He joined BE Health from the start and saw to BE Health’s peer educators training and development over the last three years. He genuinely understands the social determinants and challenges of public’s health in Thailand and develops tailored solutions to increase the impact of BE Health’s activities in Klong Toey.

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