Members of the Sagrada Familia community experienced a larger number of Tuberculosis incidences on the previous year. To shed light on this situation, Good Neighbors International Philippines (GNIP), in line with their idea of accessible health and medical services for children, their families an community, directed a Community Education on Tuberculosis on April 17, 2018 in Sagrada Familia Catholic Chapel.
With a total attendee outcome of 92 participants through the invitations that were distributed by facilitators, the event was such a success in imparting different prevention techniques against Tuberculosis, and its causes and effects.
Ms. Roxanne Laderas, a registered nurse in the Municipal Tuberculosis Facility, headed the conversation regarding the heart of the discussion. She started off by expansively lectured on the general idea of the illness – how it could be acquired and the ways to prevent it. She invigorated to be tested early on to avoid further damage on the body and to others as it communicable. From this foundation, she moved deeper about it by clarifying misconceptions about it. She ended a nice note by encouraging the participants to support those who are suffering from it.
Discrimination towards those who acquired the disease should be eradicated by institutionalizing support groups; hence, continuous community education is critically important to widen the understanding of the community on what these people go through with the illness.