Changes in utilization of TB health services in Nepal

C. I. Mohan, David Bishai, S. Kumar, G. Ten Asbroek, L. Niessen

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1054-1056
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Volume9
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

Keywords

  • Delay
  • Tuberculosis
  • Utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases

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