Video: End TB, talk about it

““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 a mother of how she believes her teenage daughter got infected with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). This was April 2017, during an interview with CPAR Uganda.

This is because shortly after her daughter returned home from town, according to the 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.”

The mother said that she remained strong and that she re-assured her father: “In the name of Jesus, she is not going to die.” They went to the “main government hospital”, where, according to the mother, a medical doctor told them that there was no cure, but for surgery to remove a “hernia in the heart.”

Unable to afford heart surgery they returned home, but someone advised the mother to get Shs. 30,000/= and to take the daughter to see a visiting doctor. He worked in a referral hospital in town, but periodically run clinics in rural areas…”

This is an extract from one of the articles that our Managing Director, Ms. Norah Owaraga, authored; and which, working with a media team and drama students, was dramatized for the purpose of creative dissemination of findings of an empirical academic study. Here is the link to the TB Video. The video has been very well received and it remains relevant even today.

Watch, share to your wider networks and leave us feedback, comment.


Ms. Owaraga is a cultural anthropologist and she was the sole Social Scientist and the lead qualitative investigator in a consortium code named: “Tuberculosis: Working to Empower the Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE).” The article and the video are among the products that CPAR Uganda delivered as part of the TWENDE project.

The TWENDE project was funded under the EDCTP2 programme 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.

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