There are different organizations which have been working in the field of health sector of Nepal from many years. Among such organizations, Nepal Anti-Tuberculosis Association is also the one which was founded in 1953 A.D. (2010 B.S.). It is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which is working for the welfare of the people without any purpose of earning profit.
The credit of founding this association goes to the ten people who dedicated their lives for the service of the Nepalese. The office of Nepal Anti-Tuberculosis Association lies at Kalimati, Kathmandu.
In 1965 A.D., the Government of Nepal with the assistance of World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) organized Tuberculosis Prevention Pilot Project whose functions include the provision of BCG vaccination, case-identification and distribution of medicines in different integrated health posts. Nepal Anti-Tuberculosis Association has started German-Nepal Tuberculosis Project (GENETUP) which has extended in different districts of Nepal. IT follows the technique of Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) for the treatment of tuberculosis. It has gained continuity due to high percentage of its success. National Tuberculosis Centre has also been established.
Objectives of Nepal Anti-Tuberculosis Association
The objectives of Nepal Anti-Tuberculosis Association are as follows:
- To study tuberculosis-related problems in Nepal and adopt preventive and curative measures for the control of tuberculosis.
- To help tuberculosis victims and lungs disease as far as possible.
- To create awareness against tuberculosis by means of publicity and educative methods.
- To co-0rdinate with the government’s control programme to flight against tuberculosis in Nepal.
- To seek friendly co-operations and mutual exchange of ideas among various institutions, associations and organizations devoted to TB related activities all over the world.
Functions of Nepal Anti-Tuberculosis Association under TB Control Programme
- It identifies the patients of tuberculosis.
- It creates mass awareness on the complication on this disease through communication media.
- It provides BCG vaccines.
- It helps to cure the patients after the identification of cases.
- It provides trainings on TB control and creates awareness.
Apart from these, there is a school-based TB prevention health education programme so that students can give their family, friends, neighbours and relatives the knowledge of tuberculosis.