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Pharmacists Gear Up to Join the Fight Against TB

December 2016, Chennai: REACH Pharmacy Initiative organised two sensitization workshops for pharmacists, to familiarize them with the issues surrounding TB. The workshops saw the participation of representatives of about 150 pharmacies from two zones in Chennai, who were educated on the role of pharmacists in preventing and treating Tuberculosis.

A pre-assessment survey was conducted to understand the information requirement of the participants and the sessions were tailored to fit the indicated needs.

During the sessions, pharmacists were provided Tuberculosis facts and current TB statistics. The trainers also held discussions on the importance and use of communication materials, highlighted the role of government healthcare facilities, and collected consent forms from pharmacists willing to participate in the initiative.

These training sessions were also used as an opportunity to collect feedback from the pharmacists about the initiative, as well as to receive inputs on areas to further extend the initiative.

See Pics: Refresher training for pharmacists organised in Chennai

Refresher training was organised for pharmacists in Kolathur, Chennai on 18 December, 2016Refresher training was organised for pharmacists in Kolathur, Chennai on 18 December, 2016

 

69 pharmacists participated in the refresher training

69 pharmacists participated in the refresher training

 

We conduct regular training workshops for pharmacists associated with us through our Pharmacy Initiative

We conduct regular training workshops for pharmacists associated with us through our Pharmacy Initiative

 

Through our Pharmacy Initiative our health workers teach local pharmacists about Tuberculosis and encourage them to refer those with TB symptoms

Through our Pharmacy Initiative our health workers teach local pharmacists about Tuberculosis and encourage them to refer those with TB symptoms

 

Pharmacists are trained to provide DOTS to their customers and TB patients living in their vicinity

Pharmacists are trained to provide DOTS to their customers and TB patients living in their vicinity

 

Post the initiation of the project, pharmacists engaged with the initiative have reported enhanced trust and goodwill in the community

Post the initiation of the project, pharmacists engaged with the initiative have reported enhanced trust and goodwill in the community

Tamil Nadu Drug & Chemist Association joins hands with REACH Pharmacy Initiative

Chennai, November 28, 2016: Ms. Sujatha P. from REACH met Tamil Nadu Drug & Chemist Association General Secretary Mr. K.K. Selvan to discuss the Pharmacy Initiative.

During the meeting, the Ms. Sujatha and Mr. Selvan held discussions on the ways for REACH and TNDCA to work together. Mr. Selvan has decided to support our ongoing initiative with pharmacies. We are pleased to announce that Mr. Selvan will be extending the following support to us:

  • Agreed to include information on REACH in their state-level newsletter free of cost
  • Has given us opportunity to participate in zone-level meetings of the AGM association
  • Granted permission for us to participate in the TNCDA Quarterly meeting and to give presentation on REACH initiative

Through pharmacy initiative, REACH tries to establish sustainable partnership for TB control with private pharmacies in Chennai and Thanjavur district, thereby increasing public awareness of TB and the RNTCP at the community level. The initiative encourages pharmacies to refer those with TB symptoms in order to promote timely diagnosis and treatment. Our primary objectives include facilitating private pharmacies to actively notify the number of TB patients receiving anti-TB drugs from them, and recognizing their role as key stakeholders in TB control.