Alay Buhay kicks off World TB Day

Alay Buhay kicks off World TB Day Celebration and Launching of TB Busters in Bulacan

In line with the celebration of the World TB Day celebrated every 23rd of March annually, the Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation, Inc. conducted a kick off ceremony together with the formal launching of the TB Busters Program in Calumpit, Bulacan last February 22, 2013. This year’s theme of the celebration is “Stop TB in my Lifetime”.
The Local Government of Calumpit led by Mayor James P de Jesus together the members of the Sangguniang Bayan and respective barangay captains of the 29 barangays including members of the community based organizations (CBOs) formed under the Alay Buhay Community TB Care Project joined the celebration with officers and staff of Alay Buhay. A Memorandum of Agreement between the LGU-Calumpit and Alay Buhay was signed to formalize the partnership in preventing and controlling tuberculosis in the municipality.
In his speech, the energetic Mayor of Calumpit highlighted the efforts that Alay Buhay is doing for the people of Calumpit and committed to support the TB Care Project thru various complementary programs of his administration to ensure that the town will be TB-free in the next few years. In response, Alay Buhay’s President and Chairman, Mr. Anton L. Sayo mentioned that Alay Buhay will continue to provide the needed support in social mobilization activities and provision of capacity building assistance to the 30 CBOs also known as Calumpit TB Busters thru the Alay Buhay Bulacan Team.
A total of 30 TB Busters/CBOs have been organized by Alay Buhay and currently are active in finding TB cases and ensuring proper treatment and completion of those enrolled under the TB Care Project. These CBOs received training on DOTS, TB Care Management and TB Education. Monthly meetings are conducted regularly to ensure tracking of activities and performance for each CBO.
Also in attendance during the program were members of the MHO team, RHU nurses and midwives, Vice-Mayor Dr. Zar Candelaria, Bulacan PHO, representatives from local schools and staff of the LGU-Calumpit.
The Alay Buhay TB Care Project covers the towns of Hagonoy, Paombong, Calumpit, Pulilan, Angat, Bustos, San Ildefonso, Pandi and Guiguinto.