Aashwasan is a district-wise 100-day campaign to check the spread and impact of TB among tribal populations. The campaign has been gradually rolled out in 174 tribal districts, 21 states, and union territories. The campaign has reached every remote and difficult-to-reach area thanks to the strategic planning, involvement of various stakeholders and the dedicated Aashwasan staff especially the Community Mobilisers and Paramedics.
Through the Aashwasan Campaign, 1,03,84,538 people were screened, 3,82,251 people with presumptive TB were identified, 2,80,259 samples were tested for TB and 10,249 new patients of TB were found.
A process document has been developed to showcase the learnings from the Aashwasan Campaign. It captures in detail the various stages of the campaign’s planning, preparation, and implementation stages. It includes how different stakeholders at the national level came together to discuss and synthesise the idea of the campaign and created a robust national strategic plan. Subsequently, detailed implementation plans for the states, districts and blocks were developed collaboratively. The document talks about the recruitment process of staff for Aashwasan, their training, and the logistical planning, monitoring, and supervision systems that were put into place. The details of the activities carried out at the village levels. The strategic approach adopted for the implementation of Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities. How different stakeholders starting from central to the village levels joined forces at different phases and levels of the campaign to ensure successful implementation. The document also discusses the unique challenges that the staff came across while working in isolated tribal areas and the lessons that the team learned along the way during this intensive campaign.
The Process Document was formally released on 24th August 2022 at the Aashwasan Campaign’s Learning and Dissemination Conclave by Dr Navaljit Kapoor, Hon Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, Dr Raghuram Rao, Joint Director (TB), Central TB Division, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Dr Vivekanand Giri, Joint Director at Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, Ms Sangita, Director Health, USAID-India, Ms Vinita Srivastava, Advisor Tribal Health, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, Dr Ranjani Ramachamdran, National Program Officer, WHO, Mr Aditya Natraj, CEO, Piramal Foundation.
You can also download the document here on the website of the Central Tuberculosis Division, Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. To read an online version of the document click here. You can also download the document by clicking on the download button below