Kenya testing for TB door-to-door

Door-to-door screenings started last September by tuberculosis patients in Kenya are helping to find harder to reach TB patients that would otherwise remain undetected.

The civil society initiative, known as TBREACH, is funded by the Stop TB Partnership and the Canadian International Development Agency, reports. It hopes enhance TB detection among high-risk groups. The project is focused on reaching those living in slums and those that are HIV positive or have limited access to public health services.

“One of the objectives is to enhance TB case finding and care among HIV infected people by engaging current and former TB/HIV patients in peer to peer screening approaches,” Lucy Chesire, a TB advisor for Advocacy to Control TB Internationally in Kenya, said, reports.

For the project, 220 TB community volunteers - all TB patients - were recruited along with 55 health workers. They will engage directly in door-to-door campaigns as well as perform mobilization for community screenings, treatment support, referrals and health education. The campaigners will all receive a stipend and work at least three times a week.

“This approach enables us to reach those patients who many of times have not been able to come to the health care facilities despite presenting the signs and symptoms related to TB,” Chesire said in an interview with “For example, if a facility is detecting two patients a month we want to prove through TBREACH that we are able to bring two additional cases to make it four patients in a month. So these are patients who if it was not for the project would never come to the health care facility.”