Women participate in Pushing Tuberculosis Backwards in the Community
With the assistance of two non-governmental organizations: the
To cope with tuberculosis, the National Tuberculosis Program calls for the participation of social organizations, especially the Vietnam Women’s
Vietnamese women make up nearly 52% of the population. They are also the main labor force in the family and society. They are vulnerable to tuberculosis infection because they have to take care of their husband and children everyday. Therefore, the impact on women impacts the whole family. If they have better knowledge of tuberculosis prevention, they can protect not only themselves but also their whole family from the disease.
Since July 1997, with the technical and financial support of the Central Hospital of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases and the National Anti-tuberculosis Program, the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) has implemented the anti-tuberculosis Program on the larger and larger scale. With the functions of a mass organization, the VWU has taken the appropriate activities such as to direct the women’s unions at all levels to propaganda and knowledge on anti – tuberculosis in residence groups and each family; to organize trainings on knowledge and skills to propaganda and assist women to prevent tuberculosis in the family. Up to now, the VWU has organized 30 trainings for propagandists in 116 communes/wards of 60 districts in 20 provinces/cities nationwide. 2000 propagandists have released the booklet “Anti-tuberculosis propagandists” in key communes of 30 Program provinces and 100% of big provinces/cities throughout the country. Up to now, about 50,000 women union’s staff and members have been provided with basic knowledge and skills on tuberculosis prevention for the family and community.
To respond to the annual anti-tuberculosis day of the world – 24/3, the VWU held meetings on the large scale in Bac Giang and Thai Nguyen province with the participation of hundreds of women and people. The VWU has also organized contests on knowledge of tuberculosis prevention since 2002 in the form of writing. The contest has been held twice in 8 provinces, there have been 13,000 contestants, mainly local women union’s staff in 195 communes/wards of 57 districts/towns. This activity is highly appreciated by the VWU.