Project Axshya is an ACSM project with strategies focused on community engagement for informing communities about TB care and control. The key strategies are (1) Community awareness and engagement (2) Empowering TB affected communities (3) Engaging Healthcare providers (4) Health Systems Strengthening
Community awareness and Engagement: Axshya developed network of more than 1200 non-governmental organizations and 3000 community-based organizations who are reaching out to vulnerable populations through 6,000 trained volunteers.
Axshya Villages (TB Free village), the community ownership for TB care and control is directly related to leadership and commitment of leadership to health issues
Engaging TB affected communities: District TB forums support those on treatment, and advocate for nutrition support. Patients are sensitized on the PatientCharter
Engaging Healthcare providers: 4,000 non-qualified and AYUS provider have been engaged in case detection
Health Systems Strengthening: Axshya Mitras (volunteers) are engaged in default retrieval working alongside DOT providers of RNTCP
Since 2013, Axshya has reached out to nearly 34 million people, facilitated identification and testing of over 700,000 patients with symptoms of TB (including 550,000 sputum collection and transportation from patients residence) resulting in over 58,000 patients being diagnosed with TB and initiated on DOTS.