Campaign Against Tuberculosis in Guatemala

Campaign Against Tuberculosis in Guatemala

I caught a shot of marching students and the municipal band in a campaign of awareness and against tuberculosis. I even got a flyer describing the 4 steps to prevent the propagation of tuberculosis in Guatemala.

If you click in the thumbnail below you will be able to see the flyer.
Volante de la Campaña Contra La Tuberculosis

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  • It seems odd to think of TB still being a threat. It always conjures up images of the 1930s to me, even though I know it is still prevalent in many parts of the world.

    Thanks for sharing the photo and story, double thanks for the flyer!

  • coltrane_lives

    Not many in the US would even consider TB to be an issue anymore, but it really still is out there. Good to be aware! BTW…in the flyer (point #4), what is the significance, if any, of the character wearing a T-shirt with “Don Chepe” on it? “Don Chepe”? Gracias, Rudy!

  • When I was staying in Antigua, I was awakened out of my sleep at 4 in the morning by coughing coming from another open window on my street. It was nasty sounding, and I thought, wow that sounds like tuberculosis to me. Perhaps it was, pobrecit@.

  • I am glad these awareness campaigns take place. We were in Coban for some eco-tourism and heard a public service announcement in regards to washing your hands with soap and water and if those were not available then with ceniza, the ash left over after cooking with charcoal. Here in California, (aside from the fingerprints and so on) one of the first requirements one must abide by as a teacher in order to be considered for a post is to take a TB test. Ironically though, I have had the (dis)pleasure of working in classroom after classroom that were subsequently shut down due to mold. At one point, after a yearly physical, the doctor asked me, “Where you do work at Carmen? You have had more Upper Respiratory Infections than some of my patients.” Going back to the campaign though, I appreciate the scan of the flyer.

  • Great post! Thanks Rudy. I do have to say that since coming to Canada I’ve been more aware of infectious diseases and outbreaks. Probably because in Guate there are some illnesses that are endemic and thus they are always there. I do remember “dengue” season. However, during my first year in Canada there was an outbreak of E.coli (a gastrointestinal bug) that killed a few people on a town in Ontario and it wasn’t the last one in the past 8 years.
    Flu season is always preceded by the flu-shot campaign, which reminds us all that everything we touch is full of germs from someone else. And this was the fifth anniversary of the SARS outbreak (a nasty type of pneumonia) which caused havoc in Toronto (just a few months before I moved here) and made everyone paranoid about people coughing. I was even sent home from work because I had a sore throat, and I was working on a call centre, of course I got sore throat every now and then (pretty much every Thursday) but on those days there was talk of potential termination and/or legal action if you fell sick and didn’t report it to your supervisors. Crazy times in the *sick* first world I tell ya’.

  • Ah, Carmen… do I get extra LACA points for my comment? 😉

  • Crazy times, Manolo. Crazy times. I should share about the time my head started to itch while I was teaching and I would scratch and had no idea what was going on until the Teaching Assistant told me, “You should go to the school nurse.” Soooo after I went, guess what? My whole class was “invited” (all 20 kids plus the Teaching Assistant and Parent Volunteer) to the Nurse’s Office and then we were all given strict and clear instructions. Kindergarten is not a walk in the park all of the time you know. BTW, yes, you get extra LACA points! You are rapidly accumulating these points! You are on your way to a complimentary mug that states LACA VIP 😀

  • sandrar

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.