Tuberculosis: Know, be Aware, Have No Fear
The film explains the signs of the disease that require an urgent visit to the doctor, gives useful advice on preventing the disease, and aims to reduce stigma and discrimination towards TB patients and those cured from TB.
It is important to know that tuberculosis is a curable illness. The earlier it is detected, the greater the chance for a fast and full recovery. In the film, people share their personal stories of contracting and overcoming TB; by completing treatment, they are able to live full and active lives. Dr. Oleksandr Kvitashvili, Ukraine’s Minister of Health, is one of the video’s stars who once had a personal encounter with TB. This is the first time that a senior government official has openly said that he has been cured of TB, a fact that is particularly significant considering the prevalence of TB stigma in Ukrainian society.
There is also an extended version of the film, which targets people who have already noticed the signs of TB, and those who have started treatment. This version is recommended for broadcast in health facilities that provide TB services as it includes additional segments, such as the rules of sputum sample collection and TB treatment under direct supervision of a health professional.
The film is based on the materials of the educational video for family doctors “Tuberculosis” shot by the Project in 2014 (ID 337669) , and creates synergy with it by delivering the same important TB messages to another side of doctors-patients dialogue.
Learning Areas:Clinical medicine applied in public health
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Describe the nature of TB, its transmission, and methods of detection and treatment; List TB symptoms that require medical advice; Explain why people should not fear those who undergo TB treatment or have been cured of TB; Differentiate personal risks of contracting TB
Keyword(s): Clinical medicine applied in public health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: A program manager and medical practitioner with 22 years of experience in health program management and clinical practice in TB, HIV, infectious diseases, and reproductive health in Eastern Europe, including more than 11 years of experience in the design, implementation, and management of multifaceted health programs in low resource settings.
Now, Dr.Kankadze works as a COP for the USAID-funded Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine project, being implemented by Chemonics International and Project HOPE.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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