In collaboration with the Department of Health in the Philippines and with funding from USAID/Philippines, Breakthrough RESEARCH is studying issues related to the under-utilization of clinical services for tuberculosis (TB) by underserved and infected populations. The study, led by ideas42, has produced insights into the role that stigma, discrimination, and marginalization play in affecting the choices that individuals make regarding TB care. The research team examined the patient journey and identify behavioral drivers to understand how to best support patients in proactively seeking the care they need. The findings support the work of USAID’s implementing partners in TB care to develop tools for social and behavior change interventions that would reduce patient delays and improve treatment outcomes.

Learn More

Journal article: Behavioural barriers and perceived trade-offs to care-seeking for tuberculosis in the Philippines [Go to journal article on Global Public Health website]

USAID community volunteer provides TB prevention services in the mountains of of the Philippines

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Lead Research Partners
Ideas42 and Population Council

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Jana Smith