IHS launched a novel intervention to create awareness about tuberculosis through establishing ‘Health Clubs’ at school level in ten districts of Pakistan (Sialkot, Narowal, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Khushab, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar Khan, Bagh, Muzafarabad and Quetta). The project was funded by the Global Fund (GFATM and in association with Mercy Corps and the National TB Program Pakistan.
During this 5 year program students of middle and high schools were trained to become ‘Ambassadors of Health’ and they imparted education among their class fellows, families and the community at large on health issues specially the spread, treatment and prevention of TB. Every year 1500 students were trained as ‘TB Ambassadors’ in 50 schools of the above mentioned districts. This program increased the case detection and treatment completion rates of the disease in the selected areas. During this 5 years project, IHS sensitized 133183 school students about TB, it prevention, detection and treatment, completed training of 263 School TB Clubs including 7437 school TB club members and 500 school TB club in-charges (Teachers). These School TB Club members identified 4466 TB suspects and supervised the complete course of TB treatment of 378 TB patients as TB DOTS facilitators.