When Charles Ndegwa lost his brother to tuberculosis (TB), he did not realize the journey his role would take.
“I did not immediately get to know what killed him. I only learnt after a few months that we had lost him to TB. I vowed then that I would never again allow anyone to die from a preventable infection,” says Charles.
With financial support from the Global Fund’s TB Round 9 Project administered by Amref Kenya through a local organization, CHAT, Charles was trained to identify and refer community members with TB symptoms to diagnostic facilities and to provide correct information about TB to the community. Charles follows up on the TB patients even after they complete the TB treatment.
Over the 10 years he has been a community health worker, Charles has identified and supported more than 100 people with TB and assisted bedridden patients to get back on the road to recovery.