Nepal has a high incidence of tuberculosis (TB). The TB prevalence survey in 2019 showed 69,000 Nepalese develop TB and 4,000 die every year. As TB mainly affects the poorest in society, many TB patients are living in extreme poverty or precipitated into extreme poverty by the illness.
This affects not just the patient, but the whole family with loss of livelihood. Our recent study showed food insecurity is experienced by 30% of TB patients in our project districts. Food and nutrition is also crucial for recovery from TB and malnutrition can increase susceptibility to TB in other family members.
The TB RECOVERY project is providing six months of nutritional support to 200 families in three districts (Banke, Pyuthan and Makwanpur) of Nepal with a high TB burden and provide training to female community health volunteers in identifying TB cases and providing nutritional counseling.
TB survivors, families affected by TB, Female community health volunteers