Celebration of the World TB Day is placed under the sign of COVID-19
The COVID-19 has disrupted the world in which we live. We are experiencing an exceptional situation dictating exceptional measures to stem the progress of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, our teams stand in solidarity with all those fighting against the pandemic and deploy their efforts to prevent the disease, in combination with their fight against TB, in one of Bangkok’s most densely populated neighbourhood, Khlong Toei.
Like COVID-19, TB is also a respiratory disease but is preventable and treatable. And although the world’s attention is drawn to the devastating impact of COVID-19, we cannot disregard the fact that more than 10 million people are infected with TB every year, killing 1.5 million amongst them.
Our community health volunteers raise awareness about COVID-19 and TB on 24, 25, 26 and 27 March in Khlong Toei by distributing, door-to-door, clear pockets containing a mask, soap, hand gel and information leaflets about both diseases. Their knowledge on TB prevention as well as their skills and prevention tools have become solid support to combat COVID-19 amongst the poor and vulnerable population of Khlong Toei.