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Evaluation of factors affecting the behavior of target groups in health care-seeking and tuberculosis treatment: Social and Behavior Change Formative Research Final Report


The five-year (2019–2024) USAID Cure Tuberculosis Project is assisting the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to diagnose, treat, and cure people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). Kyrgyzstan has one of the highest rates of DR-TB in the world, and the Project focuses on reaching those most vulnerable to TB. Based on a situation analysis of risk groups for TB and barriers to testing and treatment in Kyrgyzstan (Annex 1), the Cure Tuberculosis Project designed a formative research study to inform the development of a project social and behavior change (SBC) strategy. The study had the following objectives: 

  1. understand the perspectives of persons with TB and their household members on seeking a diagnosis, starting and completing treatment; 
  2. explore the factors that underlie the widespread stigma of TB patients; 
  3. learn about possible support systems and channels of communication for reaching high-risk groups including former prisoners, migrants, people who misuse substances, people living with HIV, and people who are homeless. 

JSI, 2020.

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