This is why Patronage Nurses provide these patients with a bit of help to buy food, bring them medicine home when they are too ill to leave the house, and regularly contact their healthcare provider. It may not sound like much, but without this kind of help, and the moral support that comes with it, some patients would not be able to complete their treatment.
On a hot day in July, Said Abbas traveled to a small village near Jalal-Abad to visit Jainagul who has been under treatment for 14 months.
One day when Said Abbas was visiting Jainagul, he heard about a 22 year old neighbor who had recently been diagnosed with tuberculosis but refused treatment, mostly because he did not know enough about it to make an informed decision. Said Abbas did not hesitate to reach out to him and explain how the treatment truly works. This convinced the young man who agreed to meet with Doctor Mursaliev the very next day.
Another important activity that the USAID Defeat TB Project and the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan are implementing with the support of USAID is the monthly distribution of food vouchers to vulnerable TB patients. This allows these patients to make ends meet, and also ensure that they have the necessary nutrition to stay strong and healthy while they heal.
"The treatment give me harsh side effects, like hearing loss, vomiting, and trembling, so I had to quit my truck driving job" explains Ravshan, "The food vouchers really helps, probably just as much as the moral support that comes with it".