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Social Support and Tuberculosis in Uganda’s Greater Northern Region

 

Stigmatisation is somebody trying to live an isolated life, because he thinks he is now not worth in the community. Some people will even go to the extent of committing suicide, because he thinks there is no hope in his living.”

“When someone reaches that point where they feel like they are no longer accepted within the society, this is what I will call social fear in somebody. He needs social psychological support. They need counselling so much.”

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Tuberculosis Treatment Drugs Uganda’s Greater Northern Region

This is the third in a series of briefings on research findings that CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR) is publishing in order to share the findings of its empirical qualitative investigation in to pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) in Uganda.

CPAR’s briefing number three contains an analysis of its findings on availability and accessibility of PTB treatment drugs in the greater northern region of Uganda, including: Karamoja, Lango, Acholi and West Nile sub-regions. And it is also contains an analysis of CPAR’s findings on the completion rates of PTB treatment in the greater northern Uganda.

The full PDF of the brief is available to download here, free of charge.

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The Tuberculosis Suspicion Index Uganda’s Greater Northern Region

 

Aside from one respondent who asserted that “people quickly see that that one has TB or not”, the quote which opens this briefing exemplifies the general feeling among respondents in a CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR) qualitative investigation into pulmonary TB (PTB) that there is insufficient understanding of PTB generally among communities in the greater northern region of Uganda; a region which includes: Karamoja, Lango, Acholi and West Nile sub-regions.

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Tuberculosis the Silent Epidemic in Uganda’s Greater Northern Region

By Norah Owaraga

“For me I had tuberculosis (TB) and I was not even suspecting it. You know in this lifestyle of ours and also smoking. I would think that may be this cough is coming on and off. Sometimes there would be general body weakness, you are down, and you are coughing. Until I went for that diagnosis is when I was able to realise that it was TB. It is not simple for someone to stand up and say: “I think I must be having TB.” - TB Survivor, Respondent CPAR Uganda Ltd Investigation, Greater Northern Region 

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Findings of Qualitative Investigation into Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Greater Northern Region of Uganda

CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR) conducted an in-depth qualitative investigation into pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) in Uganda from January 2016 to December 2017. CPAR has authored the first in a series of findings reports that it is authoring in order to share its findings of its investigation into PB.

In its first report, CPAR shares its findings only for the greater northern region of Uganda. The findings shared in its first report are based on the first level analysis of the CPAR data set for the greater northern region; an analysis that focused the data; simplified it and organised it in a manner that allowed a bottom-up analytical framework to emerge.

Read the full report titled: Findings of Qualitative Investigation into Pulmonary Tuberculosis in the Greater Northern Region of Uganda, the PDF is available to down here

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Weapon of Mass Destruction in Uganda

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Report on Training Qualitative Research Investigators

Deducing from the trainees’ evaluation of the training, it is the conviction of CPAR Uganda Ltd that the training that it conducted for five members of staff of three TWENDE Consortium partner organizations from Tanzania and Kenya was beneficial to the trainees and their respective organisations.

CPAR is convinced that the training that it conducted significantly contributed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of  TWENDE qualitative investigators (QIs); which ‘new’ knowledge and skills the QIs utilised as it was intended to collect useful empirical qualitative data for TWENDE.

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End TB Inform the Population

 

“It is where she was working as a maid for Indians that is where she got the problem. When you are cooking their food you have to put a lot of chillies in it,” explained Mother of how she believes her teenage Daughter got infected with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). This was April 2017, during an interview with CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR).

Shortly after Daughter returned home from town, according to Mother, “one evening she vomited a lot of blood at around 5:00 p.m.” On seeing his granddaughter vomit blood, he apparently cried out in resignation: “she is finished, she is going to die.” Mother said that she remained strong and that she re-assured her father: “In the name of Jesus, she is not going to die.”

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2016-2017 Tuberculosis Study on NTV

According to the National Tuberculosis Survey that was conducted by the Ministry of Health, Uganda gets 87,000 new cases of tuberculosis each year. That means that for every 100,000 people, 253 new individuals are being infected by this highly infectious and deadly airborne disease annually. Watch as the CPAR Uganda Ltd Managing Director, Ms. Norah Owaraga, speaks about the 2016-2017 study conducted by CPAR Uganda on a disease that has been eradicated in so many other parts of the world, and what should be done in Uganda today. 

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Reduce Costs of Tuberculosis Healthcare Management

With a tuberculosis (TB) prevalence rate of 253/100,000 among its population or a country TB incidence rate of 87,000 cases annually Uganda has a high TB burden. Worse still, according to the Uganda national TB survey, a significant proportion of pulmonary TB (PTB) patients in Uganda are unaware that they are in fact afflicted with an airborne disease that is highly infectious and which they continue to spread. This is because thousands of suspected PTB patients in Uganda are not getting tested for they are not proactively seeking PTB diagnostic services.

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