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Free Content Study of the feasibility of involving male student volunteers in case holding in an urban tuberculosis programme [Notes from the Field]

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This paper reports the feasibility of involving unpaid National Service Scheme (NSS) male student volunteers in a city-based tuberculosis (TB) programme in supplying drugs and retrieving non-compliant TB patients. Twenty-five students were selected after assessing their attitude and were trained on TB drug delivery, home visits and motivation of non-compliant patients. Twenty-three sputum positive patients identified in a medical camp were started on an 8-month short-course chemotherapy regimen. Students supplied the drugs on a weekly basis and defaulters were visited. The treatment completion rate was 83% and defaulter retrieval was 57%. All patients had sputum smear conversion by 2 months and one relapsed during the 24-month follow-up.
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Keywords: India; student volunteers; urban TB programme

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: Tuberculosis Research Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, Madras, South India

Publication date: 1997-12-01

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