Our Treatment Model
Before 1993, India and other developing countries battling TB attempted to implement a variety of different strategies and programs to stem the rising number of infected patients.
All of them failed. The UN declared tuberculosis a worldwide endemic in 1993, prompting the World Health Organization to launch a new initiative called DOTS-“Directly-Observed Therapy Short Course.” DOTS is now the international standard in tuberculosis treatment.
DOTS requires every tuberculosis patient to swallow each dose of medication in the presence of a healthcare worker certified as a DOTS provider. Most DOTS providers are doctors or healthcare professionals working in hospitals and clinics outside of the communities where most people contract TB, the slums. Treatment lasts for 6 to 7 months, meaning patients must travel to a clinic or hospital 50 times to receive treatment, translating to 50 days of missed work and wages, and usually 50 trips on public transportation that is difficult for them to afford. As a result, the patients stop coming for treatment, causing their TB to morph into a deadlier version called multiple drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). MDR-TB is just as infectious as regular TB and almost always fatal. Unlike regular TB, MDR-TB is much more difficult and costly to treat.
What We Do
What we do is simple. We take treatment to the patients. We’ve established more than 200 DOTS treatment centers between India and Cambodia. We place the centers where our patients live, so that no patient has to walk more than 10 minutes from home to receive treatment.
Our centers serve as a low-cost, efficient and accessible pipeline penetrating deep into the slums where others have failed to reach. The TB Association of Delhi and other organizations have used our centers to distribute food rations, blankets, educational material, and nutritional supplements to the slums.
The TB Association of Delhi and other organizations have used our centers to distribute food rations, blankets, educational material, and nutritional supplements.