CISMAT-SL Determines to Eliminate Tuberculosis
The Program Manager for Civil Society Movement Against Tuberculosis Sierra Leone (CISMAT-SL), Mr. Mohamed Samura in an exclusive interview at CISMAT head office on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown with this medium on Monday, 26th November 2018 maintained that the organization is very much determined to eliminate Tuberculosis in the country with the help of partners.
“CISMAT-SL is a Sierra Leonean Non-Governmental Organization established in 2009, dedicated to combating TB via innovative, community-based programming”, he told Journalists.
He pointed out that CISMAT-SL programming is rooted in human rights and health system strengthening approach and spans in all 14 districts of Sierra Leone, impacting over 3,000 TB patients as of 2018 via research, capacity building, education, patient’s services, advocacy, clinical initiatives, and social mobilization.
He noted that one of the key tenets of CISMAT-SL strategy is the development of Sustainable systems for health that are available, affordable and accessible to all persons who are seeking healthcare for any condition, not just TB.
Explaining the role played by his organization towards the elimination of TB across the country, Manager Samura said that they have been able to increase the membership of TB support group by 150% since starting six months ago, 3,000+ CBMF data surveys distributed and collected across over 250 communities, gave 140 former TB patients and human rights activists all 14 districts and trained as community animators to lead and organize TB support groups, implement data collection activities, and interface between DOT providers and TB patients, 500+ regular TB supports groups members in the past six months and, 200+ current and former TB and TB/HIV patients engaged via our activities in the past 18 months. 600+ referrals of presumptive cases of TB and TB/HIV to TB support services in the past 18 months.
He stressed that TB is curable and admonished the people of this country to seek medical attention whenever they feel symptoms of TB and other related ailments
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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