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Social Protection Interventions for TB-Affected Households: A Scoping Review

Todd, Heather, Hudson, Mollie, Grolmusova, Natalia, Kazibwe, Joseph, Pearman, Joseph, Skender, Kristina, Tran, Phuong B, Boccia, Delia, Shete, Priya B and Wingfield, Tom ORCID: (2023) 'Social Protection Interventions for TB-Affected Households: A Scoping Review'. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol 108, Issue 4, pp. 650-659.

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Tuberculosis (TB) and poverty are inextricably linked. Catastrophic costs of TB illness drive TB-affected households into worsening impoverishment and hamper treatment success. The WHO's End TB Strategy recommends social protection for TB-affected households to mitigate financial shock and improve TB outcomes. This scoping review maps the landscape of social protection interventions for people with TB and their households in low- and middle-income countries with high TB burden. A systematic search of Medline, Embase, PubMed, and Web of Science for relevant articles was performed, supplemented with a gray literature search of key databases. Articles were included if they described social protection available to people with TB and TB-affected households in a low- or middle-income country. Data were synthesized in tabular form, and descriptive narrative outlined the successes and challenges of the social protection interventions identified. The search identified 33,360 articles. After abstract screening, 74 articles underwent full text screening, and 49 were included in the final analysis. Forty-three types of social protection were identified, of which 24 were TB specific (i.e., only people with TB were eligible). Varying definitions were used to describe similar social protection interventions, which limited cross-study comparison. Intervention successes included acceptability and increased financial autonomy among recipients. Challenges included delays in intervention delivery and unexpected additional bank transfer fees. A wide range of acceptable social protection interventions are available, with cash transfer schemes predominating. Use of standardized definitions of social protection interventions would facilitate consolidation of evidence and enhance design and implementation in future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Housing. Buildings. Public Facilities > WA 795 Housing
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 200 Tuberculosis (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: JISC Pubrouter
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2023 11:49
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2023 16:50


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