Treatment-seeking for tuberculosis-suggestive symptoms: a reflection on the role of Human Agency in the context of universal health coverage in Malawi

SOURCE: PLoS One
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Kumwenda, N.Desmond, G.Hart, A.Choko, G.A.Chipungu, D.Nyirenda, T.Shand, E.L.Corbett, J.Chikovore
KEYWORDS: DISEASE, MALAWI, TUBERCULOSIS
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8481

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Abstract

Tuberculosis (TB) is highly infectious and one of the leading killers globally. Several studies from sub-Saharan Africa highlight health systems challenges that affect ability to cope with existing disease burden, including TB, although most of these employ survey-type approaches. Consequently, few address community or patient perspectives and experiences. At the same time, understanding of the mechanisms by which the health systems challenges translate into seeking or avoidance of formal health care remains limited. This paper applies the notion of human agency to examine the ways people who have symptoms suggestive of TB respond to and deal with the symptoms and major challenges inherent within health delivery systems.