The app helps patients reach treatment centres, deal with complications

Now, a mobile application will help TB patients track treatment centres and deal with their own complications.

TB Mitra, a unique mobile-based application for TB-affected communities was launched in Bargarh, Odisha on Tuesday.

The app, which is available for download on Android and iOS, provides basic information on TB, allows users to report issues they face at TB facilities, and maps TB facilities available near a user’s location. Users will also be able to track issues they have reported and raise follow- up queries. The app will be rolled out across the state based on the findings from the pilot phase. TB Mitra is currently available in Odia, Hindi and English.

“It is helpful that the App includes a feature to help users learn facts about TB and access services close to them”

Dr Sushant Swain, Joint Director, TB said that Bargarh was chosen for the pilot phase of TB Mitra owing to the high notification rates from the district. “The district RNTCP machinery is prioritising active case finding and notification and the App will help towards reaching TB- affected persons and linking them to services that are vital for their treatment and recovery”, he said.

TB Mitra has been developed by REACH, a non-profit organisation working on TB, in partnership with Dure Technologies and with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Speaking at the launch, Shri. Indramani Tripathy, Collector, Bargarh, congratulated all stakeholders on the launch of the TB Mitra App. “TB Elimination will not be possible without an emphasis on access to counselling. It is helpful that the App includes a feature to help users learn facts about TB and access services close to them”, he said.

A Rapid Response Team, comprising State TB Cell officials, RNTCP staff from Bargarh and field staff has been constituted to respond to all queries.

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