Muhibulah had continued his treatment in the hospital for six months until he was cured.
After that, he stayed at the hospital, not as an under-treatment patient, but as a health worker, helping others.
“He gained a lot of information about his disease, because he had been through the treatment course and recovered,” says Dr Naseer, TB Focal Point, Nangarhar province.
“He spoke of TB with a lots of personal knowledge in every gathering.”
After attending a three-day training on general tuberculosis supported by the Global Fund project, Muhibullah was recruited as the TB focal point and health-worker in Chamtala 2 internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp.
Muhibullah is now an active member of the TB association and participates in TB intervention programs, raising awareness about the risks of the disease among communities. He earns 8,000 AFN per month.
“I get a very good feeling when I help others because I know what they have been through."
Although tuberculosis is still prevalent in some communities in Afghanistan, it is particularly widespread among internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees returning from neighboring countries, where there are three times as many TB cases than in the general population. What is more, access to TB control services is very limited in these settings, due to high mobility, poverty, and low awareness.
In the past two months, Mohibullah has referred 36 people to be evaluated for TB to Chamtala 2 Basic Health Center (BHC); out of these, two patients have been diagnosed with TB.