Voices of Those Who Bear the Brunt–Experiences of Programme Personnel Concerning Private Sector Tuberculosis Notifications in Bengaluru City, India

Anand D. Meundi*, Vicki Erasmus, Sharath B. Nagaraja, Jan Hendrik Richardus

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Abstract

This study aims to assess private and public sector contributions to Tuberculosis (TB) notification in Bengaluru city (2011 to 2016) and identify challenges of program personnel in their interaction with private practitioners and procedural barriers for TB notification from the private sector as perceived by them. A mixed methods study was carried out in Bengaluru city, India with TB notification data obtained from TB Units in addition to in-depth interviews with key program implementers. Results showed the contribution of private practitioners to TB notification to be about 20%. Barriers and challenges were: the private practitioners’ hesitancy to refer the patients to public sector due to their fear of losing patients and dishonoring of diagnosis from private practitioners, lack of awareness about TB notification, lack of legal punitive measures and constant glitches on the notification website. These need to be resolved on priority to achieve the national target of TB elimination by 2025.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-769
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Volume36
Issue number7-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors. The authors wish to thank the NTEP TBHVs, STS, MOTCs and District TB officer of Bengaluru city, BBMP district and the State TB office for their unconditional support and co-operation throughout the study period. We value their time and respect their work; the insights provided by them for TB notification implementation are of paramount importance for the program toward achieving its goals.

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© 2021 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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