Dharamshala: Overcrowding and poor housing conditions are the risk factors that may play an important role in propagating TB transmission among the Tibetan Communities in India. Mapping of high-risk groups and systematic screening for active disease among them helps improved early case detection that may help to reduce the risks of tuberculosis transmission, and adverse social and economic consequences of the disease.
To improve early case detection, Active TB Case Finding activities began at the schools and monasteries of Doon Valley, Hunsur, Odisha and Mundgod Tibetan settlement with the funding from USAID through the Department of Health, CTA. The screening activity has been held so far at 8 schools and one monastery covering around 1539 students and monks. The activity will be further held at 10 additional schools and 35 monastic institutions and community camps in the upcoming days.