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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 

Testimonies that were shared by respondents in a CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR) qualitative investigation into pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) confirm that PTB prevails in the greater northern region of Uganda; a region which includes: Karamoja, Lango, Acholi and West Nile sub-regions.

CPAR conducted its qualitative investigation into TB in Uganda as part of the TWENDE research and advocacy project that was funded by the EDCTP, under its second programme, EDCTP2, that was funded by Horizon 2020 European Union Funding for Research and innovations.

The PDF of the full briefing on the CPAR’s research findings on the prevalence of PTB in the Greater Northern Region is available to download free from here.


Tuberculosis: Working to Empower the Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)
Disclaimer: This is among the products of the TWENDE project that is part of the EDCTP2 programme supported by the European Union.  Whereas, the EDCTP Association and the European Union provided funding for the TWENDE Project, the views herein expressed are not necessarily those of the EDCTP Association or those of the European Union.