||Place of tuberculosis associations.
||Textbook of Tuberculosis, TB Association of India,
1981, p. 592-596.
The first section of this chapter is devoted to
a brief description of the historical background of TB associations
world-wide. The rest of the chapter is concerned with the genesis
and activities of the TAI. TAIs noteworthy include the annual
organisation of conferences of the TB and Chest Diseases Workers
in different parts of India, the regular programme of health education
activities conducted from its inception, the starting of the IJTB,
a quarterly that is globally respected, and the setting up of the
Technical Committee to review questions relating to the teaching
of TB at various stages of medical education. Above all, the most
effective and outstanding contribution by TAI has been the TB Seal
Sale Campaign, started in 1950 and conducted during Oct. 2 - Jan.
26, every year. This Campaign has been the single, sweeping, all-India
propaganda effort with potentialities to involve the masses in the
anti-TB movement and canvass their full participation in implementing
the National Control Programme. Every year, the people of India
buy over 30 million TB Seals on an average and use them on their
mail, though the seals have no postal value. It is suggested that
the TAI take up a wide variety of measures including serving as
watch-dogs of official programmes, determining the communitys
needs concerning TB control, educating the public to promote domiciliary
treatment and to reduce drug-default.
|KEYWORDS: VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATION; TB ASSOCIATION; INDIA.