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Barriers to retention on treatment for Tuberculosis in Lango sub-region of northern Uganda


This poster was presented at the 2021 TB Union Conference. From October 2019 to September 2020, the treatment success rate (TSR) for all forms of TB in Lango sub-region, northern Uganda improved from 75%, against the national target of 90%. Despite this improvement, several districts in the region had TSR below 90%. JSI-led USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North, Lango (RHITES-North, Lango) project data for July-September 2020 was reviewed to identify and prioritize sites with high LTFU rates for TB clients. High transport costs to a treatment unit is the most common barrier to retention on treatment for TB in northern Uganda. To address remaining gaps in TSR and improve patients’ lives, programs should strengthen community support systems for TB patients that increase medicine access and retention in care.

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