REACH focuses on Paediatric TB

Chennai, 2017: REACH broadened its vision to tackle the issue of Paediatric TB. The EQUIP Initiative collaborated with Kanchi Kamakoti Child Trust Hospital – a leading multi-specialty children’s hospital – with the aim to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of TB in Children. REACH officials conducted a sensitization event for doctors at the hospital.

Around 50 doctors attended the meeting and were updated on the recent developments in paediatric TB management, standards of TB care in India, and about the services provided by REACH. The Child Trust Hospital will function as a nodal centre and referral hub for paediatricians practicing in Chennai.

According to WHO estimates, 210,000 children died of TB in 2015 across the globe, including 40,000 deaths among children who were HIV-positive. As many as one million children became ill with TB.


Free GeneXpert Diagnosis for Referrals by Private Practitioners

December 2016, Chennai: GeneXpert Diagnostic System was introduced at The Hindu Employees Health and Welfare Centre under Project EQUIP to offer free diagnosis to referrals by private practitioners in Chennai. The laboratory team headed by Ms. Jasbir Kaur, Head, Diagnostics, The Hindu Welfare Centre will be performing the GeneXpert tests.

The centre started the testing in the month of December and 60 tests have been successfully conducted so far. The new diagnostic tool was inaugurated by Dr. Netty Kamp, Senior Advisor, KNCV TB Foundation and Mr.Rajiv Lochan, CEO, The Hindu Welfare Centre in the presence of Dr.Ranga. K, Chief Medical Officer, The Hindu Welfare Centre and Dr.Ramya Ananthakrishnan, Executive Director, REACH. The Hindu Welfare Centre, has a long association with REACH in providing quality TB care services towards a TB-free Chennai.

Private practitioners are being actively encouraged to refer their patients for free GeneXpert testing at the centre.