LHL International are a member of the TB Europe Coalition.

In Norway, approximately 90 per cent of those who become ill come from countries with a high incidence of TB. LHL International works actively with immigrants and vulnerable groups that  for various reasons have less access to healthcare services and are at high risk of getting TB.

Many have little knowledge of TB, and there is a need to spread information that is adapted to the different target groups and their needs. We do outreach information work at immigrant introduction centres, asylum centres, and meeting places for immigrant organisations.

We also cooperate with immigrant organisations and health personnel in developing information particularly adapted to affected groups. Among materials developed are information booklets and films in Norwegian; English and other minority languages. You can watch one of our short information films in various languages here.

One former patient who appreciated the information booklet said:

“Technical people use scientific words, but other words are needed. We like information that is presented in a soft and nice way. It is important to become friend of your problem. Information is part of the treatment”.

Many TB patients have a difficult time because they have recently arrived in Norway, and because TB is a stigmatised disease. Thus there is a great need for support measures. Through our peer service, former patients do hospital visits or spend time with patients after they have been discharged from hospital. Many patients say that this contact and opportunity to share experiences with peers is invaluable for them for getting through the difficult treatment period.

Peer workers also have contact with patients through telephone, email or Skype. We cooperate with health personnel at hospitals and in other segments of the public health service in order to arrange the peer services.

If you want to share information about your organisation’s work, contact us at coordinator@tbcoalition.eu.


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