To End TB, First-Ever High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis Must Address Stigma

Amrita Daftary, Ellen M H Mitchell, Michael J A Reid, Endalkachew Fekadu, Eric Goosby

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Abstract

World leaders gather to consolidate their commitment to ending tuberculosis (TB). Vital to the success of renewed efforts is an overdue recognition of the pervasive and pernicious influence of TB stigma. TB stigma is sustained in structures, policies, traditions, and norms. Innovative modifications to infection control, drug dispensing, and surveillance practices are required to increase demand for TB screening and effective therapeutic alliances among those diagnosed. The authors argue that reducing TB stigma requires a scientific and inclusive process, with prominent roles for TB survivors and a willingness to integrate and learn from other stigmatized conditions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume99
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1114-1116
Number of pages3
ISSN0002-9637
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2018

Keywords

  • Disease Eradication
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Social Stigma
  • Stereotyping
  • Tuberculosis/drug therapy

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