Project Axshya is a civil society initiative with the goal of strengthening TB care and control in India. The project was a timely intervention that aligned with the Stop TB strategy and supported India’s Tuberculosis Programme to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The project began with support from the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) in the Virudhunagar District and REACH, Chennai (Resource Group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health) in Kancheepuram District, both of which are partners of the Global Fund Against TB and Malaria (GFATM). Through the GFATM-9 project, Blossom carried out cultural programmes to raise awareness and understanding around TB. Staff training was undertaken to ensure a more viable future for the project.

Meeting Type Virudhunagar Kancheepuram
GKS Meeting 32 30
Women Self Help Group 11
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) 13
School Programmes 30
Total 86 30

Referral of TB suspects for sputum collection helped in the early diagnostic stages and therefore led to greater numbers of cured patients. Sensitization meetings in high risk communities targeted TB positive groups to change their lifestyle in order to combat the disease.

Blossom was a member of the District HIV/TB advisory committee.