TB Alert is currently working with Harrow CCG in partnership with NHS England and Public Health England, to raise knowledge and awareness of latent TB, and thus increase the uptake of latent TB screening among those eligible. By getting more people screened for latent TB, we will reduce the risk of people becoming unwell with tuberculosis and reduce the spread of TB within our communities.
Tuberculosis kills more people worldwide than any other infectious disease. It is especially common in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Everyone coming to the UK on a long-term visa is screened by x-ray to check that they are not unwell with active TB.
However, even if their x-ray is clear, which means they do not have active TB, there is still a risk that they are one of the 1 in 4 people worldwide that have latent TB. Latent TB is when the TB bacteria are inside your body, but they are asleep. If you have latent TB you will not feel unwell, and you cannot pass TB onto others. However, there is a 1 in 10 chance that the TB bacteria will “wake up” and become active in the future, causing illness and putting others at risk of infection.
People who have migrated to the UK from countries with high levels of TB are at higher risk of being infected with latent TB. This means they are also more at risk of becoming unwell with active TB in the future. This can affect their job, family or studies. But a simple blood test can detect the latent TB bacteria and a course of antibiotics can treat it, so that they do not become unwell with TB in the future.
TB Alert, Voluntary Action Harrow, and Harrow CCG are reaching out to organisations who work with recent migrants to provide training and raise knowledge and awareness of the latent TB screening and treatment that is available for those who meet the eligibility criteria. Those eligible for the test will have entered the UK in the past five years from a country with a high rate of TB, and they will be aged 16-35. For a list of eligible countries visit: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jm7nOQJ4f1dUtiZDr1XYnQXqhaFgq-zpGCn2xGntU4w
Any organisation that works with individuals who are eligible for this programme are an important link in spreading awareness of what latent TB is, and helping to signpost people to if they decide they would like to be tested.
Training will include:
· The global impact of TB· The local TB picture· The symptoms, transmission and treatment of active TB· What we mean by latent TB and how people can be tested and treated for latent TB, and· How your organisation can share what you have learned with others
The final part of the workshop will be a brainstorming session to identify how tuberculosis awareness and prevention can be integrated with the different activities of your organisations.
To book a place, please complete this booking form.
Date: Tuesday 7th May 2019Time: 10am - 1pmLocation: 64 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4HZ
Costs (Per Person):Free - Harrow Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise SectorFree - Public & Private Sector working in Harrow
Sector Definitions: https://goo.gl/hM4hq2
Contact Details:Call: 020 8861 5894Email: email@example.com
Accessibility:Are parking spaces available for blue badge holders? NoIs the venue wheelchair accessible? YesIs there an induction loop? NoIs there a lift? N/A
Charged Entry – In the event of a no-show on the day you will be charged the cost of the session. This will be waived if 48 hours’ (working days) notice is provided.
In all cases delegates may send another colleague in their place with no admin charge incurred – please email firstname.lastname@example.org