Hope For Future Generations (HFFG), a local non-governmental organisation, has been commended for implementing projects that have improved early detection of TB cases in the Ajumako Enyan Essiam District.
Early detection of TB cases had improved in the district from 16 percent in 2010 to 22.3 percent this year, the Ajumako Enyan Essiam District Disease Control Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Safo said when he lauded the efforts of the HFFG.
He was speaking at the end of a project dissemination meeting held at the District Health Directorate in the Central Region recently.
Mr Safo explained further that HFFG had developed innovative activities in the communities, which had increased the awareness and knowledge level of community members for early referrals and diagnosis.
“HFFG has contributed immensely to case detection, general education and created awareness among community members and all their communities are now TB alert.
“Since they do not have enough resources to work in all communities in the region, there are still serious TB cases in the district and there is the need for all stakeholders to consider ways of scaling up the work that was started by HFFG,” Mr Safo noted.
According to him, HFFG’s initiative, which forms part of a national agenda for the early detection of TB cases in that part of the Central Region, was also being implemented with the involvement of the local community.
The Programs Director of HFFG, Mr. Fidelis Anumu said that his organisation had trained community volunteers, community advocacy teams including traditional leaders, media personnel on key TB related issues for improved advocacy and reporting.
He said HFFG embarked on a massive house to house TB screening and referrals in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service to detect TB cases early in the district.
The District Health Director, Ms. Doris Helegbe, congratulated Hope for Future Generation for the initiative, adding that through the hard work of the organisation the district had made strides in the fight against TB.
Ms Helegbe also praised HFFG for the partnership and also called on other donors and NGOs to emulate the example of the organisation to support the district.
HFFG is implementing the TB project in the Central Region with support from Stop TB Partnership’s Challenge Facility for Civil Society. GNA