Belief: “where TB is HIV is” or “where HIV is TB is”

“The two TB patients, the first borne and the second borne, were staying together in the same house, but they contracted TB from different sources. This is because we found out that both of them they were HIV positive and they were brother and sister. No, they did not co-infect each other with TB. Obviously,… Continue reading Belief: “where TB is HIV is” or “where HIV is TB is”

Curing ignorance about TB is a challenge

In 2016, CPAR Uganda had the privilege to conduct qualitative research on the tuberculosis (TB) pandemic in Uganda. As we prepared our data collection tools and made determinations of our research maps - population for our study and the sample of study respondents, our attention was drawn to learning that we had prior taken for… Continue reading Curing ignorance about TB is a challenge

Video: TB in Uganda

“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… Continue reading Video: TB in Uganda

Use of GeneXpert in Northern Uganda

The “gold standard has to be the GeneXpert” asserted respondents in CPAR Uganda’s qualitative investigation into pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). GeneXpert machines facilitate diagnosis of TB. As of 2010 GeneXpert is a World Health Organisation recommended technology for detecting TB. The Uganda National TB and Leprosy Control Programme (NTLP), in its current strategic plan, recommend the… Continue reading Use of GeneXpert in Northern Uganda

Prevalence of TB in Northern Uganda

The Ministry of Health, in its 2015 publication: “The National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey, 2014-2015 Survey Report,” estimates Uganda’s national tuberculosis (TB) prevalence rate at 253/100,000; an estimated 87,000 TB cases annually. Using the national TB prevalence rate, it is valid to surmise that, in 2017, the greater northern region (Karamoja, Lango, Acholi and West Nile),… Continue reading Prevalence of TB in Northern Uganda

Tuberculosis in Northern Uganda

As the world battles with the novel Coronavirus COVID-19, we find it timely to share this briefing on the findings of an empirical investigation into tuberculosis in Uganda. It should be noted that unlike in other parts of the world, TB is equally a pandemic in Uganda. Thousands of Ugandans are infected with TB and… Continue reading Tuberculosis in Northern Uganda

Tuberculosis is a pandemic

Uganda’s forgotten active pandemic is tuberculosis (TB). According to TB Alliance, the World Health Organisation (WHO) acknowledges that "TB is the leading infectious cause of death in the world, killing 1.5 million each year."World Health Organisation The New Vision published a story in which it was reported that the Ministry of Health TB Survey (2014-2015) found:… Continue reading Tuberculosis is a pandemic

Government Vehicles taking PLHIV to Collect ARVs is Problematic

Government of Uganda’s provision that during the COVID-19 induced lock-down, districts will make available vehicles at designated points to drive people living with HIV (PLHIV) to health centres to pick their medication is humanitarian and compassionate, but only on the face of it. In real life, for some PLHIV this provision could be a death… Continue reading Government Vehicles taking PLHIV to Collect ARVs is Problematic

Tuberculosis on the rise in Uganda

Dr Stavia Turyahabwe, Programme Manager, Uganda National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, agreed with research findings of CPAR Uganda’s investigation into pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in Uganda, which found that TB is on the increase in Uganda. This was revealed in a story: “Tuberculosis on the rise in northern Uganda,” which was published on 20th July… Continue reading Tuberculosis on the rise in Uganda

TB Patients in Uganda Die Because of Poverty

Poverty is a determinant of successful treatment or not of tuberculosis (TB). A Uganda TB survivor, for example, narrated how while at a government hospital she and her fellow patients had to fend for themselves, food wise. The long distances from home to the facility where they were isolated made it difficult for their families… Continue reading TB Patients in Uganda Die Because of Poverty