Education touches every aspect of human activity. At SANTA Johannesburg, we believe that improving TB education is central to the health and future of South African society. Educating the youth is essential in order to help prevent the spread of TB in the future.
Young school going children are a very important target population for TB education. The importance of school going children is that they are at an impressionable age, and hence, powerful educational messages can be passed on to them. Furthermore through school children, parents can be reached and information can be spread among them, even to those parents who are illiterate and are not reached by the conventional methods of health education.
School students between 11 and 15 years of age were given TB education. Subsequently the parents of these children were given the opportunity to join in on a TB education session, to test their knowledge and their knowledge level was significantly high. About 18.4% of the parents reported that their children were the source of their information.
SANTA Johannesburg has identified a need for improved awareness of TB and the link to HIV/AIDS. Within the last four years, we have also increased our TB education presentations to companies, faith based oganisations, other NGO’s, NPO’s, at wellness days, sports and social clubs throughout the Gauteng area.
Early TB education generates knowledge to “ HELP YOU, TO HELP YOURSELF “ to a healthier life.
- Someone in the world becomes infected with TB every 36 seconds.
- Nearly 1 of the world’s population becomes infected with TB each year.
- Overall, one third of the world’s population is currently infected with the TB germ.
- TB is the leading cause of death among people who are HIV-positive. Approximately one third of all HIV-related deaths worldwide are caused by TB.
What are the symptoms of tuberculosis?
Symptoms of tuberculosis depend on where in the body the TB bacteria are active. Tuberculosis bacteria often multiply in the lungs, causing pulmonary tuberculosis. Pulmonary tuberculosis may cause:
- a bad cough that lasts longer than two weeks
- pain in the chest
- coughing up of blood in the sputum,
- night sweats
- lack of appetite
- leading to weight loss
- and general weakness/fatigue.
Inactive TB has no symptoms.