World TB Day - 24th March 2017

The CCOHSI Team participated in the World TB Day program organised by the Community Health Worker, Kalera, and Health Committee for Lavuci. 
Some of the northern communities of Fiji, including Nasolo, Lavuci and Natelecake, have had an increase in both TB cases and deaths from TB infection in recent months.

The Lavuci Health Committee identified that TB awareness was one of the ways to assist the community to take ownership of their health and social issues, as part of their Community Development Project under the CCOHSI Project. The Community Health Worker, Health Committee, Zone Nurses and VSHC mentors collaborated and decided to work with the schools to raise TB awareness through essay and drawing competitions, as well as collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, TB screening program.

World TB Day Program -

Participants -
Khalsa Primary School staff and students & Khalsa College Principal and participating students (192 primary school + 7 students, plus 30 parents and teachers).
Community Health Worker: Kalera (Lavuci CHW), and community members of the Lavuci Settlement.
VSHC: Roshni Rajan, S. Nisha Khan and Nicole (VSHC Volunteer).
MOH: Zone Nurses – 3 Zone Nurses and 3 Medical Interns (TB screening team).

Activities -

  • TB Screening by the MOH team.
  • TB Presentations by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services which also involved participation of students through quiz questions.
  • Presentation of the winners of the drawing competition.
  • Presentation of the winners of the essay competition.
  • Program ended at noon with refreshments/tea for the invited guests while TB screening continued.

It was evident from the responses given by the students and teachers that the efforts to raise awareness were successful.  Each school ensured teachers made extra effort to increase TB knowledge and awareness to ensure their students would be competitive in taking part in the essay and drawing competitions.

CCOHSI Mentor, Nisha, and Khalsa High School Principal.

VSHC Volunteer Nicole and Khalsa Primary School Head Teacher.

Zone nurses and facilitators of the World TB Day Program.

Zone Nurse, Vere, presenting on TB.