sxib3TB Azerbaijan Coalition initiated TB awareness campaign on World Humanitarian Day and cheered up Patients with live music by Azerbaijani singers.

On 18th August 2015, on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the members of Azerbaijan TB Coalition (TBAzC) organized TB awareness campaign that accompanied with nice live pop music and some theatre performances by former-patients and young people.

The purpose of the event was to teach key affected population more about TB disease, its prevention, treatment and as well as to have an opportunity to talk to TB patients and get acquainted with their problems and wishes and last but not least to cheer them up with live music by popular singers of Azerbaijan. It is acknowledged that with entertaining way of passing information is much more effective than doing it without any visual aids.

The event took place in the yard of National Research Institute for Lung Diseases, where hundreds of TB patients receive treatment in wards inside of block of hospital buildings. It is mainly attended by TB patients and their family members who really were in need of such entertaining event. Some audience gathered around the circle and some were watching through their windows of hospital setting.SXIB2

The initiators of the event were Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society with the support of Saglamliga Khidmat and Veremsiz Dunya- patient organization, NGOs who are the members of TBAzC.
We tried to help those who are affected by TB and in need of human care, moral and social support. We wanted to let them feel that they are not forgotten and we are there to listen to them and cheer them up in their long treatment period.
sxib4Speeches were made by representatives of AzRCS and Saglamliga Khidmat on TB prevention and care. In order to pass more TB messages to the audience, TB Educational messages, facts and figures which was prepared on power point presentation format were displayed on a big screen continuously during whole event and information brochures on TB were distributed among the participants.

At the end of the event, some participants shared their impression with the initiators of the event. “I have been staying here in this institute with my two kids already for some months. During these time I didn’t see my children be so joyful and smile.” expressed her impression one of the participants, a lady whose two small children got TB and were under treatment at the hospital. “I wish such amusing events with moral support regularly held for the people suffer from diseases like TB”

TBAzC is planning to hold such events among other vulnerable key affected population groups, too. We, as a civil society organizations want people, especially TB affected communities understand their rights, know more about their diseases and have full & easy access to adequate examinations and treatment and complete it successfully.

This blog was prepared by Elchin Mukhtarli, Head of TBAzC


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