Caritas Swaziland has joined hands with the Ministry of Health against Tubercolosis through the generous support from Southern African Catholic Bishop’s Conference ( SACBC). According to our last report in December 2014, 30 369 clients have benefited through training and nutritional support of supplements on a monthly basis. The statistics represent two parishes Regina Mundi and Good Shepherd where the TB Program is being implemented. Caritas also committed its self in addressing the pandemic after the Prime Minister of Swaziland in March 2011 had declared TB as a national pandemic. The program has been able to fulfill the mandate of the church by working with 28 Community Care Givers and 2 Coordinators.
- The TB project commenced in August 2013 and Good Shepherd screened 8 795 people
- There are 13 community care supporters who conduct the home visits in this Parish and its outstations.
- A total number of 1 210 clients were referred for sputum tests
- The community care supporters visited the clients so as to support them physically and spiritually
- 151 clients receive nutritional supplements every month.
- The care supporters were incentivised with a monthly stipend of E 1, 000.00 and they also received monthly trainings facilitated by a nurse from Good Shepherd Hospital who joined hands with us in the fight of this TB pandemic.
- Caritas was able to do all the work through funds she received from SACBC on monthly basis.
- Community health workers are now recognised by the community members.
- Food insecurity
- Long distances to get to health facilities
- Some families still have traditional beliefs/influence by other churches
- Child headed families
- Lack of resources to buy drugs leads to some patients defaulting