b) Community Participation & Role of Voluntary Organizations
AU : Radha Narayan
TI : Changing perspectives of voluntary tuberculosis associations.
SO : JOURNAL BENGAL TB ASSOCN 1975, 38, 129-130.
DT : Per
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Since 1850, voluntary organisations have largely benefited victims of TB. In India, the joint family system provided comfort and protection to the TB patient. However, there is an increased awareness for the patient to receive such protection and assistance from society as evidenced by the popularity of sanatoriums and other types of care provided outside homes and families. Christian missionaries took the initial step in providing systematised care of the tuberculous in India followed by several non-governmental efforts. The formation of the TAI in 1939 was a welcome centralised move on an all-India basis which also served as a link to international TB organisations. The Government of India provided active support to all voluntary activities in the country while evolving statutory TB services. The launching of the NTP in India was a turning point in the co-existence of government and voluntary agencies in the common fight against TB. The NTP’s approach to consider TB as one of many illnesses to be overcome within the GHS mobilised the services of thousands of health workers throughout the country. As the government exercises statutory powers over increasing areas of social services, there is a need for reappraisal of the concept and activities of the voluntary organisation. New ways by which the voluntary organisations can support the NTP, particularly, with the emphasis on domiciliary treatment, are recommended.