TB AND AIDS

Preparing this issue has been quite depressing. The outlook for the situation with AIDS and TB is very bleak. However, I have tried to include a number of helpful ideas from readers that may encourage people working with AIDS or TB patients. Dr Paul Saunderson has prepared a very helpful and thorough article about the present situation concerning TB. He offers good advice for health projects wanting to improve the TB situation in their own communities. I hope the TB cycle will be helpful in teaching others about TB. Thanks to Sir John Crofton for his help in ensuring that this material is as accurate as possible. We also include some updates on the present AIDS situation. Together, AIDS and TB present one of the major health problems of the 1990s. I hope this issue will provide a little help to those of you who are struggling to deal with the human cost involved. 

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 19 in html.

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  • AIDS and the Community

    by Dr Ian Clarke. Many AIDS programmes involve the community. But even though programmes work in the community, the community may not feel involved in them. There is a huge difference between something that is community located and something that is community controlled…

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  • AIDS Care – Tearfund’s perspective

    by David Evans. What is our response as Christians to AIDS? Should we put our efforts into education and prevention, or should we try to begin AIDS care programmes? How do these two activities fit together?

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  • AIDS Update

    by Nyangoma Kabarole. Recent figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show us that the AIDS situation is very serious indeed. In January 1994 they estimated that over 15 million adults and children were infected with HIV. Over three million cases of AIDS have so far been reported.  

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  • Editorial

    Preparing this issue has been quite depressing. The outlook for the situation with AIDS and TB is very bleak. However, I have tried to include a number of helpful ideas from readers that may encourage people working with AIDS or TB patients. Dr Paul Saunderson has prepared a very helpful and thorough article about the present situation concerning TB. He offers good advice for health projects wanting to improve the TB situation in their own communities. I hope the TB cycle will be helpful ...

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  • Ideas from around the world

    So many of you have shared good ideas about working with TB and AIDS education. Here is a collection of them. We hope that some at least will be helpful to you.

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  • Letters

    Unnecessary injections Injections are very popular in developing countries. It is very difficult to persuade adults that injections are seldom necessary and that other treatment would be better and less dangerous. Injections can carry disease or cause abscesses if needles and syringes are not properly sterilised for each injection.

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  • Pictures with Model Figures

    Posters, leaflets and Flannel boards are all very helpful for teaching groups about all kinds of different subjects. A few people are gifted artists who can draw anything. Most of us are definitely not – we struggle to draw anything that others will recognise! Sometimes we can copy or enlarge pictures to use. But what can we do if we have no suitable drawings to copy from?

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  • Resources

    Strategies for Hope Series Several of the booklets in this very practical series have been mentioned in earlier issues of Footsteps. The series is full of practical advice with many case studies. Booklets 1–7 are now available in French.

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  • Short Cuts to Tree Planting

    Here is a good idea from farmers in Costa Rica. Two months before the crop planting season begins, farmers here look for well developed trees with large shoots growing straight up from side branches (epicormic shoots). They choose thick three-year-old shoots (A) and cut them right at the base. If the shoots are over 2 metres long they will be out of reach of grazing animals when planted. However, shorter shoots can also be used. The shoots are trimmed and laid horizontally in the shade for one ...

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  • Soya recipe book

    The Soya Nutrition Project has gained great popular support in Zambia. Through our work, soya beans now grow more widely here, and our booklet provides good ideas for growing, cooking and eating soya beans. The 36 page booklet How Can I Cook Soya Beans? costs just $1.00. It is available in English, Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi and Tonga. As an example, here is a recipe for making soya coffee.

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  • TB: a curable disease?

    by Sue Hanley. Early one morning in Thiet, Sudan, there was a knock on our door. A man stood outside, holding a tiny newborn baby. On examination, we found that the baby was full term but very small and had obviously not grown properly during pregnancy.

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  • The control of TB

    Many different ideas have been tried or suggested. Some believe that the only hope lies in new drugs and vaccines. However, there are other ways to help improve TB control programmes. Effective treatment for TB was first developed in the 1950s, but it is still often not available to many sufferers around the world. There are three main activities useful in controlling TB in developing countries…

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