Fact Sheet: DRC-IHP and Tuberculosis
Half of all cases of tuberculosis (TB) go undetected and therefore untreated. TB is often considered a curse rather than a curable disease, and few consult health workers about it until they become incapacitated. Bringing information into the home is critical. Once a community understands TB, they tend to tell others who are coughing to go to the hospital. The Integrated Health Project (DRC-IHP) has been assisting the ministry of health to implement the national tuberculosis strategic plan for 2014–2017. Success depends heavily on educating communities and families about TB, with testing, counseling, and referrals for treatment.