Quality of Tuberculosis Services Assessment in Uganda: Report on Qualitative Findings
Abstract: This report describes findings of a qualitative study on tuberculosis (TB)-related stigma among community members from two regions in Uganda. This research is part of a broader Quality of Tuberculosis Services Assessment (QTSA) conducted in Uganda in 2019 byMEASURE Evaluation, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development(USAID), in collaboration with the Uganda National TB and Leprosy Programme (NTLP), and implemented byMakerere Lung Institutea local research organization at Makerere Universitys College of Health Sciencesthat was contracted by MEASURE Evaluation.

Stigma is a recognized challenge affecting prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of infectious diseases,including TB. Stigma is a complex social construct shaped by inadequate knowledge and information about modes of transmission, care, and prevention and is exacerbated by the inadequate availability of TB services and low-quality services, especially in rural areas.

This qualitative study explored community-level knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of TB-related stigma to inform the NTLP to design interventions to improve TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in Uganda. The study had the following objectives: (1) assess the causes of TB-related stigma; (2) document the manifestations of stigma; (3) determine the perceived effects of stigma on treatment-seeking behavior; and (4) provide evidence-based recommendations to address stigma and discrimination toward people with TB at the community level.

Access additional QTSA resources at https://www.tbdiah.org/assessments/quality-of-tuberculosis-services-assessments/.
Shortname: tr-20-417
Author(s): Herbert Muyinda, Stavia Turyahabwe, Kola Oyediran, Bruce Kirenga, Nikki Davis, Jeanne Chauffour, Esther Buregyeya, Winters Muttamba, Linda Ruvwa
Year: 2020
Language: English
Resource Type: Guidance and Tools
Source: MEASURE Evaluation
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