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Since Kyrgyzstan is one of the 27 high multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) burden countries listed by the WHO, MSF started a drug-resistant tuberculosis project in Kara Suu District in 2012. A qualitative study was undertaken to understand the perception of TB and DR-TB in order to improve the effectiveness and acceptance of the MSF intervention and to support advocacy strategies for an ambulatory model of care.

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This article was written by Doris Burtscher on behalf of the MSF Vienna Evaluation Unit.

Anthropological study of community-based perception of TB and DR-TB, Kara Suu, Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Doris Burtscher

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Joan Amondi, Jean-Hervé Bradol, Vanja Kovacic, Elisabeth Szumilin

Overcome barriers to access PMTCT services in Homa Bay District, Kenya. This study explored barriers that prevent local communities of Homa bay area to fully uptake the PMTCT services. The most critical ones are: i.) poor quality of provision of these services, ii) poor perceived benefits of the ANC among communities, and iii.) poor community awareness on preventive methods of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV.

Vanja Kovacic, Mphil Medical Anthropology

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Vanja Kovacic, Mphil Medical Anthropology

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Vanja Kovacic, Mphil Medical Anthropology

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Doris Burtscher - Social and Medical Anthropologist - IEC Programme Advisor