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Barriers to health care by women infected with Tuberculosis in Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya

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Although more men than women die from TB, the disease causes more deaths among women than all causes of maternal mortality combined. Despite TB testing and treatment being free of charge in all government health facilities in Kenya, fewer women than men access this care. This descriptive study explores the TB awareness level among Kibera residents and the barriers faced by women infected with the disease in accessing TB health care. The data used are from 100 household interviews, 5 case studies with female TB patients and 5 key informant interviews with health workers. While an awareness level of TB is above average, there are still some gaps in the knowledge regarding TB treatment, leading to poor compliance with treatment. There is also a high stigma associated with TB and HIV/AIDS and poverty. Efforts to improve care seeking among female TB patients in Kibera have to target all these barriers

Bien que plus d'hommes que de femmes meurent de la tuberculose, la maladie est la cause de plus de décès chez les femmes que toutes les causes de mortalité maternelle combinées. Malgré la gratuité du dépistage et du traitement de la tuberculose dans tous les établissements sanitaires publics au Kenya, moins de femmes que d'hommes ont accès à ces soins. Cette étude descriptive examine le niveau de sensibilisation sur la tuberculose parmi les habitants de Kibera et les obstacles rencontrés par les femmes infectées par la maladie pour avoir accès aux soins de santé. Les données utilisées comprennent 100 interviews auprès des ménages, 5 études de cas avec des femmes atteintes de tuberculose et 5 entretiens avec des travailleurs de la santé. Alors que le niveau de sensibilisation sur la tuberculose est supérieure à la moyenne, il ya encore quelques lacunes dans les connaissances concernant le traitement de la tuberculose, menant ainsi à une faible observance du traitement. Il ya aussi une forte stigmatisation liée à la tuberculose, le VIH / SIDA et la pauvreté. Les efforts pour améliorer le recours aux soins chez les femmes atteintes de tuberculose à Kibera doivent cibler tous ces obstacles.

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Essendi, Hildah and Wandibba, Simiyu (2011) Barriers to health care by women infected with Tuberculosis in Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya African Population Studies, 25, supplement 1, pp. 17-33.

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Published date: October 2011
Keywords: tuberculosis, women, hiv/aids urban poor, kenya
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography


Local EPrints ID: 209049
ISSN: 0850-5780
PURE UUID: 130313c7-98d0-4d6b-b8a5-e847b7676d7b

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Date deposited: 25 Jan 2012 12:51
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:47

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Author: Hildah Essendi
Author: Simiyu Wandibba

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