This initiative aims to address TB stigma through education, sharing of personal stories and social mobilization. Annually on World TB Day, participants post a picture of themselves on social media wearing a mask to show solidarity with patients. The intention is to effect a change in society’s perception of vulnerable groups affected by TB.
TB Proof is a registered nonprofit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 2012 by South African health care workers and students after multiple personal experiences with occupational tuberculosis.
This grassroots healthcare and TB survivor initiative has three main goals:
1. To “TB PROOF” our colleagues, students and patients by creating greater awareness of and protection against occupational, nosocomial (healthcare facility-based) and community-based TB transmission through education and activism.
2. To destigmatize all forms of TB – draw particular attention to drug-resistant TB (DR TB) and occupational TB by collecting and disclosing proof of an alarming rise in cases. HCWs living with HIV are at particularly high risk and need special consideration and support.
3. To mobilize national and global resources through patient and civil society advocacy to help address shortcomings in TB prevention and treatment strategies, both for HCWs and the population they serve.
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