Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major threat as a highly contagious disease. With a prevalence rate close to 434 per 100,000 population and the incidence rate at 225 per 100,000 population, Bangladesh ranks among the first 10 countries globally burdened with TB. Very few studies have been conducted in the South-East Asian region, especially Bangladesh which specifically looked at factors which determine the occurrence of TB. There is a significant gap in the literature regarding factors affecting TB in rural areas. Thus, a cross sectional quantitative survey design was used in this study which elicited the risk factors to be studied, addressed and targeted to reduce incidences of tuberculosis.
The project interviewed TB patients who were undergoing treatment at the time of study as the case, and their neighbours (matched by sex and age) as controls.
Donor: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)