Tuberculosis (TB) continues to exert significant influence on the
disease profile of countries, especially in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent
evidence shows that timely chemotherapy and proactive community response
can avert deaths associated with TB. This thesis explores TB control in Ghana
from 1900 to 2010.
Data were collected from four major sources: archival materials from
the national archives of Ghana and United Kingdom, the 2008 Ghana
Demographic Health Survey, TB surveillance data between 1997 and 2010,
and in-depth interviews with some stakeholders in TB and HIV control in the
The study revealed that the presence of TB on the epidemiological
profile of the country predates independence and the anecdotal evidence
suggests that the disease originated from contact with Europeans and Arabian
traders who came through the coastal south and the northern regions
respectively. Following the initial introduction, mining, urbanisation, and the
opening up of hinterlands through improved transportation fuelled its internal
spread. It was also observed that over the years, there have been significant
improvements in completion of dosage and cure and reduction in default and
fatality. These positive outcomes could be attributed to better case
management, through fixed-dose combination, advances in diagnosis,
community treatment care, and incentives for demand generation and publicprivate partnership. It is envisaged that an inclusive approach involving well
coordinated TB and HIV services, as well as public-private partnership, could
result in better TB control in the country.
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Resources, African Research. "Social And Policy Context Of Tuberculosis Control In Ghana" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 14, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/social-and-policy-context-of-tuberculosis-control-in-ghana