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Social Support and Tuberculosis in Uganda’s Greater Northern Region


Stigmatisation is somebody trying to live an isolated life, because he thinks he is now not worth in the community. Some people will even go to the extent of committing suicide, because he thinks there is no hope in his living.”

“When someone reaches that point where they feel like they are no longer accepted within the society, this is what I will call social fear in somebody. He needs social psychological support. They need counselling so much.”

These quotes which were extracted from Greater northern Uganda (including Karamoja, Lango, Acholi and West Nile) respondents of a CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR) qualitative investigation into pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) provide insights into the despair that PTB patients in the region endure.

CPAR conducted its qualitative investigation into TB in Uganda as part of the TWENDE research and advocacy project that was funded by the EDCTP, under its second programme, EDCTP2, that was funded by Horizon 2020 European Union Funding for Research and innovations.

Read CPAR’s fourth research findings briefing which describes in detail its northern region findings on PTB, specifically on the aspects of: isolation; emotional support; and food insecurity. The PDF (5 pages, including cover and acknowledgements pages) is available to download here.

Image credit: The drawing was commissioned by Norah Owaraga and was first used 2009 in a notebook: “Understanding Poverty”, which she adapted from training manuals on poverty analysis authored by Stan Burkey.


Tuberculosis: Working to Empower the Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)
Disclaimer: This is among the products of the TWENDE project that is part of the EDCTP2 programme supported 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.