Bantra St. Thomas' Home Welfare Society (BSTHWS) is a specialist resource center for Tuberculosis working since 1976 to facilitate medical treatment of people with Tuberculosis disease and promote all round development of Tuberculosis patients. BSTHWS is working under the guide line of India's “National Tuberculosis Elimination Progrmme'
BSTHWS offers multifaceted services to infants, children and adults especially women with Tuberculosis and a range of specific programmes.
BSTHWS has been recognized-
Impact of Services
Community and Local level: Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by germs that are spread from person to person through the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. A person with TB can die if they do not get proper treatment. In a condition such as this qualitative change is most important, not just in the person with tuberculosis, but in their family and community. For example, after the Public Private Mixing project an excellent environment developed with the extra medical practitioners and physicians, diagnostic centres, four DOT centres and Tuberculosis Units and Govt. Hospitals around the BSTHWS community and on an average yearly 500 new tuberculosis patients come forward to seek help for a long-time treatment in OPD and overcome the conditions of disability. Many other sick people from the surrounding urban slums come to our OPD to get help.
DOT centers in four different locations in the urban slums of Howrah. Patients who have been newly diagnosed as having tuberculosis can immediately start their treatment in one of our local centers which are usually nearer to their house than St. Thomas Home. These centers hold a license under National Tuberculosis Eradication Programme (NTEP) and care for more than 200 tuberculosis patients at any given day.
Linkages with agencies, community centres and hospitals:
On a top priority basis very, good relationships are maintained for further treatment of complicated cases on a regular basis refer to P.G. Hospital, Medical College, Howrah General Hospital, R. G. Kar Hospital and private hospitals and nursing homes. Moreover, stress is given involving all CBOs for supporting each other to work in collaboration and a team to eradicate the tuberculosis disease.
Since its inception in 1976, the target was not only to provide medical care to tuberculosis patients but also to develop other areas to make life more meaningful through literacy, vocational and professional training, socializations and in some cases also extend support to their children in the area of education and health. About 100 indoor patients a year are provided these facilities as per their physiological conditions. 50 ANM nursing training provided free of cost from the Govt. registered centre and they are all now involved in the medical field. Three patients got civil engineering training, 2 carpentry and 33 on wool knitting and tailoring. 50 Children of patients provided regular school education in hostel and days scholar basis and now some of them completed college level. A year targeted 260 patients are provided 5 kg. rice and 30 pieces of eggs for a month. 70 marginalized people who are senior citizens, special needs and poor provided monthly 1400/- rupees supplementary and nutritional foods. Conveyance and other purposes pocket money of 1000/- are provided to 100 patients a year. On regular yearly activities 400 blankets and mosquito nets were distributed to patients in 2022.
All patients and their family members and their neighbours and community people are provided free sputum sample and x-ray tests at least within 6 months or before due to emergency purposes to avoid the relapse case.
Sincerely working in Howrah urban slums areas through 4 Direct Observation Treatment Centers (DOT) the services extended to panchayat places of Howrah dist. and neighbouring dist. Senior staff looked after the needs of patients suffering from tuberculosis and provided emergency services and also sometimes for other patients suffering from other diseases. Staff and networking partners have regularly been involved in training in the Tuberculosis area and follow the latest development under the National Tuberculosis Eradication Programme.
Over the years BSTHWS continued work in same field. NGOs receive guidance to start work in the same field areas.
Regional and National level:
Team members from BSTWSH regularly participate in workshops and seminars in regional level as well as organized important seminars in collaboration with National primer Institute of tuberculosis have been organised at Howrah IMA auditorium. World Tuberculosis Day and Foundation Day of BSTHWS is observed and holds seminars and workshops.
BSTHWS works with its network of State and Dist. level Govt. Organizations in implementing National Policies as well as always priories to introduce all latest medicines come in the market under the guidance of respective government departments.
A Collaborative Study on “Examining the acceptability of DOTS amongst patients and private practitioners in urban slums of Howrah, West Bengal by the Maharashtra Association of Anthropological sciences, Centre for Health Research and Development (MAAS-CHRD) Pune and Bantra St. Thomas Home welfare Society.
BSTHWS is recognised internationally, engaged dedicatedly in the field of medical care services, particularly in the area of Tuberculosis and focussing on other important matters required for a person to be included in the society. The Secretary of the organization was facilitated the certificate by German Govt. and acknowledged the yeomen services to the Tuberculosis patients offered by Dr. Tobias Vogt and received the certificate of vocational award.