Where words cannot make an impact, photographs surely can. This was the motivation behind REACH, an organisation working to prevent TB, organising a photo exhibition.
Resource Group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health, a Chennai-based non-profit organisation has been mobilising community groups and advocating TB prevention. On Tuesday, a series of 14 photos explored the experiences of persons with TB. The exhibition was inaugurated two days after World TB Day.
Through all the frames emerged the positive message that TB can be cured provided it is detected and treated. While a simple laboratory test can confirm the diagnosis, it is imperative that the patient take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
Actor Jiiva inaugurated the exhibition at Citi Centre in Mylapore. J. Lavanya, district TB officer, said the disease can be cured with six months of treatment. The drugs are provided free of cost in all Corporation dispensaries. She urged those diagnosed with TB to seek treatment adding that the global burden of TB is high in India with two persons dying from the disease every three minutes. REACH’s executive director Ramya Ananthakrishnan and director Nalini Krishnan participated.
The photo essay by Yuvraj Vivek will be displayed at various locations in the city.
On Thursday, the exhibition will be held at Perambur Park, in Perambur and move to Sivan Park in K.K. Nagar on Saturday, where the display will be on for two hours from 4 p.m.
It will then be on show at IIT Campus on Monday from noon till 5 p.m. and on Tuesday, at Central Railway Station from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m.
On April 4, the exhibition will be on at Egmore Railway Station from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will come to a close with a show at Olympia tech park in Ekkatuthangal on April 5 where it will be exhibited for five hours from noon.