On the first global World Lung Day, Survivors Against TB (SATB), a group of TB survivors, has launched India’s first Hindi digital interface on tuberculosis (TB), www.survivorsagaisnttb.com.
“This portal is a way to empower TB affected communities by offering them important information on the disease. This portal is for anyone and everyone who is affected by TB. The goal is to inform, empower and strengthen the ability to fight TB,” says Deepti Chavan, an MDR TB Survivor and Patient advocate from the group.
“The idea came about when numerous families and individuals spoke to us about the lack of sufficient information in Hindi. SATB is a patient-friendly network where information is easy to understand and accessible. We want to enable each Indian who is affected by TB to survive and defeat it,” said Chapal Mehra, Convenor, SATB
The website offers films on survivors, specific information on areas such as diagnosis and treatment and also lists some of the key advocacy work done by the group. “TB doesn’t see anyone’s class or caste before infecting. It is critical to spread as much awareness as possible. In the end, information allows us to make the right choices”, says Saurabh Rane.