Perspectives of TB survivors and policymakers on post-TB disability


An international multistakeholder participatory workshop was hosted in the Gambia, West Africa, in November 2021. The objectives were to explore the experiences, challenges and recommendations of workshop participants on health and wellbeing after TB treatment.An exploratory, descriptive, qualitative approach was used for data collection through facilitator-guided group discussions. Workshop participants included adolescent and adult TB survivors, and representatives of TB advocacy groups and the policy sector. Discussions were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim, and the data were analysed using a deductive thematic approach.

Overall, 38 participants (22 women) from six West African countries participated in the workshop, comprising 33 TB survivors and advocacy group representatives and 5 participants from the policy sector. Although some TB survivors noted improved ability to carry out physical activities, others continued to experience detrimental effects on their family life, social interactions, physical health and ongoing stigma. Policymakers emphasised the lack of data and clear guidelines on post-TB disability.

Some TB survivors continue to suffer detrimental effects of the illness even after treatment completion. However, available data on post-TB disability is inadequate to support policy adoption. Therefore, there is an urgent need for increased advocacy, awareness and research to bridge knowledge gaps.


APA Citation

Nkereuwem, O., Nkereuwem, E., Owolabi, O., Johm, P., Egere, U., Mortimer, K., Kampmann, B., & Togun, T. (2023). Perspectives of TB survivors and policymakers on post-TB disability. Public health action, 13(1), 17–22.

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