In preparation for an effective and evidence based community based TB advocacy, SORAK carried out a Knowledge, attitude and practice survey on TB services in TB endemic hard to reach localities in Mubende -January 2013.
Evidence from this survey findings lead to the fact that, Lack of empowerment is a constraint to prevention and utilization of health services for TB. At community level, women and families do not know what their rights and responsibilities in as far as health services are concerned and are therefore not equipped to prevent disease, seek and demand timely, appropriate and quality health care. These factors are also compounded by cultural beliefs and practices and related low economic status of rural flocks.
Rural TB patients do not know their health rights and are not empowered to demand for them. They therefore rely on support from partners, families and the entire community. In the process of seeking care, TB patients health rights are consistently abused sometimes leading to morbidity and death which could be avoided TB patients and their care givers were equipped with knowledge and capacity to demand for quality and accountability from duty bearers including health providers, policy and decision makers .
Considering the availability of resources, SORAK will this year focus primary, specific and particular attention to illiterate rural women, men, girls and boys as they were found to have relatively high prevalence of TB health indicators. Home based house to house advocacy campaigns with be emphasized during this period. An extra dollar will enable us reach more homes.
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