TAIMA TB is a new public health campaign starting in April in Iqaluit that will enhance the existing preventative efforts in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in Nunavut. The project has two phases.
Phase 1 of the project focuses on increasing TB awareness and knowledge in Iqaluit by engaging the community at large through gatherings, focus groups, and social media (website, video, face book page). A community focus group will be held on April 5, 2011, in Iqaluit, anyone interested in participating should contact the TAIMA TB office at 975-4813.
Phase 2 is a door to door TB awareness campaign promoting community empowerment and self management by offering in home information sessions, screening and treatment of sleeping/latent TB infection (LTBI). Anyone interested in being hired as a TB Champion should refer to the job posting on the NTI website (www.tunngavik.com) or contact the TAIMA TB office at 975-4813.
The TAIMA TB project will kick-off on April 28, 2011 with a community event that will include a country feast, introduction of the TAIMA TB project to the community, and the opportunity for community members to share their stories about TB.
Taima TB is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Partners include the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute at the University of Ottawa; Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; the National Aboriginal Health Organization; and the New Brunswick Lung Association.