Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Project Blue Balloon-Eradicate TB in your community

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that is CURABLE. Having stated a fact, still a lot of people have the misconception and people who carry the disease are still frowned upon.

How a person can contract or develop TB?
TB is passed on from one person to another. The bacteria is put on to the air when a person with tuberculosis disease of the lungs coughs or sneezes. People nearby breathe in the air and become infected. Any one can contract the infection but do not feel sick at all and may develop TB sometime in the future. Any one in our family, friends, co-workers, and people we meet everyday might be exposed to TB. Early detection and proper treatment is the cure and people who are already sick and symptomatic must seek help immediately.

 TB is one of the diseases that the UAE department of health here is on the look out for together with AIDS/HIV and Leprosy and once they found out about an expat having Tuberculosis, no residence visa will be issued and the sufferer will be treated first before deportation.

TB in Children
 TB can affect anyone irregardless of age, gender, status, and nationality.

Project Blue Balloon is an online awareness campaign focusing on children with TB as it is among the Top 10 causes of death among children worldwide and given low priority in most national health programs. This campaign is the brainchild of five UP Masteral in Development Communications students in the UP Open University who aim to clear this misconceptions and MYB is with them to help spread awareness and educate many about Tuberculosis, that this disease is curable and can be eradicated.

Please take time to watch the video, share it amongst your family, your friends and your friends friend, small things can make a big difference. If you are a blogger reading this, I urge you to blog about it too and by just few minutes of your time someone, somewhere might benefit from your small act that can reach millions of people-call me idealistic :D.

If you are not in a hurry, you may also take the pledge on their website like what I already did.

Let's say NO to TB and protect our loved ones!

1 comment:

  1. Yellow Bells, thank you so much for creating a blog post about Project Blue Balloons! This will surely help in spreading the word about Tuberculosis! On behalf of my group mates at Project Blue Balloons, thank you.


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