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    The importance of providing counselling and financial support to patients receiving treatment for MDR-TB

     

    Stigma workshop in Nepal

    Stigma workshop in Nepal

    A recent paper by COMDIS-HSD researchers outlines how patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) face extreme social, financial and employment hardship, with most patients having to move house, leave their job, and face stigmatisation.

    The paper concludes that given the vulnerability of MDR-TB patients, counselling combined with financial support could go a long way to reducing their vulnerability, as well as increase cure rates. The paper recommends that National TB Programmes incorporate financial support and counselling into MDR-TB care; the costs are low and the benefits are high.