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Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2005 Sep;9(9):1054-6.

Changes in utilization of TB health services in Nepal.

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  • 1Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21030, USA.

Abstract

SETTING:

Nepal.

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the impact of community mobilization and health worker training on tuberculosis (TB) health services utilization.

DESIGN:

Questionnaire.

METHODS:

The Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Nepal Ministry of Health launched a set of interventions to increase awareness and availability of treatment at government facilities. In 2001 and 2003, a questionnaire was administered to TB patients.

RESULTS:

In 2001-2002, 77.3% of women and 80.0% of men with TB symptoms consulted at government facilities, compared to 30% of men and 32% of women in 1997-1999.

CONCLUSION:

In the absence of any secular causes, this change can be attributed to the increasing community awareness of availability and quality of DOTS.

PMID:
16158901
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