Developing Feasible, Locally Appropriate Socioeconomic Support for TB-Affected Households in Nepal

Rai, Bhola, Dixit, Kritika, Aryal, Tara Prasad, Mishra, Gokul, de Siqueira-Filha, Noemia Teixeira, Paudel, Puskar Raj, Levy, Jens W, van Rest, Job, Gurung, Suman Chandra, Dhital, Raghu
et al (show 4 more authors) (2020) Developing Feasible, Locally Appropriate Socioeconomic Support for TB-Affected Households in Nepal. TROPICAL MEDICINE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE, 5 (2). E98-.

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Tuberculosis (TB), the leading single infectious diseases killer globally, is driven by poverty. Conversely, having TB worsens impoverishment. During TB illness, lost income and out-of-pocket costs can become "catastrophic", leading patients to abandon treatment, develop drug-resistance, and die. WHO's 2015 End TB Strategy recommends eliminating catastrophic costs and providing socioeconomic support for TB-affected people. However, there is negligible evidence to guide the design and implementation of such socioeconomic support, especially in low-income, TB-endemic countries. A national, multi-sectoral workshop was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, on the 11th and 12th September 2019, to develop a shortlist of feasible, locally appropriate socioeconomic support interventions for TB-affected households in Nepal, a low-income country with significant TB burden. The workshop brought together key stakeholders in Nepal including from the Ministry of Health and Population, Department of Health Services, Provincial Health Directorate, Health Offices, National TB Program (NTP); and TB/Leprosy Officers, healthcare workers, community health volunteers, TB-affected people, and external development partners (EDP). During the workshop, participants reviewed current Nepal NTP data and strategy, discussed the preliminary results of a mixed-methods study of the socioeconomic determinants and consequences of TB in Nepal, described existing and potential socioeconomic interventions for TB-affected households in Nepal, and selected the most promising interventions for future randomized controlled trial evaluations in Nepal. This report describes the activities, outcomes, and recommendations from the workshop.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tuberculosis, poverty, catastrophic costs, socioeconomic support, social protection, Nepal
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 19 May 2021 09:06
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 22:46
DOI: 10.3390/tropicalmed5020098
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