A one day sensitization workshop was organized by stop TB Ghana Partnership to sensitize and upgrade their skills on the new drug treatment regimen for combating TB.

The workshop which was opened by the chairman of the Stop TB Ghana Partnership, Dr. Nicolas deHeer had in attendance over one hundred and fifty NGOs in the country.

In his opening remarks the chairman encouraged the NGOs to formulate programmes to take care of the needs of all group of persons in their communities.

Resource persons for the workshops were Dr. Nora Bonsu Bruce, Dr. Nii Hanson Nortey, Mr. Felix Afutu and Chief Austin Arinze Obiefuna.

Dr. Bonsu Bruce in her presentation, the role of NGOs in TB control took the participant through the role played by NGOs to compliment government efforts in the fight against TB.

Mr. Felix Afutu gave presentation on the Causes and various forms of TB Transmission. He also vividly explained the new treatment regimen and took participant through the national TB programme Patient ID/Treatment Support Card.

Dr. Nii Hanson Nortey spoke on the topic TB Collaboration Guidelines and his presentation was based on alarming facts and figures to reflect the reality on the ground. He also charged the NGOs to be up and doing to stem the tide.

Chief Austin, the National Coordinator for the Stop TB Ghana Partnership educated participant on the Vision, Mission and Objectives of the newly formed partnership. He praised the NGOs for the good works they are doing in their communities and pledge the commitment of the partnership to seeking for funds to organize capacity building workshops to upgrade their skills in proposal and report writing.

He hinted that as a long term plan the secretariat is considering stratifying the county into five zones for easy monitory and convenience for administrative purposes.

The workshop ended at 3:30pm after questions and recommendations were addressed by the resource persons from participants.



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