Paradiso TB Patients’ Trust (PTPT) is a community TB initiative which function as a non-governmental organization existing according to the laws of Malawi. It is located along the M1 road next to St Johns primary school in Lilongwe district. The organization was founded in 2000 and officially registered in 2003 with Malawi Government. The organization was found as a home based care organization for people living with HIV in Ngwenya community but over the course; it grew from a community based organization into a local non-governmental organization and shifted more of its focus to TB.
Paradiso is led and supported by TB survivors and people living with HIV and those affected by Tuberculosis. It currently runs programs in Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV through TB Clubs in seven districts namely Lilongwe, Mchinji, Dedza, Dowa, Zomba, Phalombe, and Neno. The organization’s core business is dissemination of TB information and TB case detection in communities, and providing treatment support for TB patients. The organization functions using 47 TB clubs across the 7 districts with a membership of 831 volunteers excluding secretariat and district staff.
A community free of TB, HIV and AIDS, and where the rights of people infected and affected by the two disease conditions are protected and promoted.
To provide people infected and affected by TB, HIV and AIDS the best services and information required for informed health-care seeking decisions from a rights based perspective.
Patient Follow up and Treatment Support:
OVC and Pen-pal Project:
TB in Mines:
TB in Prisons:
Our Impact in 2018, Key Results for Paradiso included:
OVC support includes:
Paradiso established TB clubs which are housed in the 47 health centres in the seven districts we are currently working in. The TB clubs are composed of former TB patients; these volunteers are trained in TB information dissemination, TB symptomatic(s) screening and referral, and TB patient care. The volunteers disseminate TB information in their communities, churches, mosques, schools, funerals, and in all departments of their health facility through different mediums such as health talks, focus group discussion, and outreach sessions. During these TB information dissemination meetings; the volunteers screen for presumptive TB cases using the four cardinal questions. After screening, they refer all presumptive(s) to the facility for testing and those diagnosed with TB are put on treatment and the volunteers provide drug adherence support. The volunteers also assist with contact tracing in all households which have pulmonary TB case(s). They also trace and bring back to care patients that have stopped taking their drugs (lost to follow up). As an office, Paradiso provides nutritional support to multi-drug resistant TB (MDR) patients in districts we are working in.
From January to December 2018, Paradiso through its volunteers managed to find 144 new TB cases in all the 7 districts and all these cases were put on treatment with some completing their treatment.
Since the year 2003 to date, our volunteers have been in hard to reach areas in their communities disseminating TB messages. Our work is fully recognized by the Ministry of Health through the national TB control program as such we are part and parcel of all community TB interventions instituted by the national TB control program. We actively take part in organizing and supporting the activities in the annual national commemoration of world stop TB day ceremony organized by the National TB Control program (NTP).
Currently the organization has 1 grant, with LHL International. The organization partnered with ACHAP on a TB in Mines (TIMS) project which wound up in 2017.
Paradiso TB Patients Trust Partners