||The socio-economic aspects of tuberculosis.
||INDIAN J TB 1965, 12, 115-117.
The new approach to the role of socio-economic
factors in TB control demands that social planning in respect of
TB has to be in consonance with the overall development of the community.
A rational allocation of existing resources in the context of this
process of social change can be achieved only through a comprehensive
and integrated approach. One of the important principles of social
planning is the tailoring of a programme to the felt-need of the
community. The intervention becomes more readily acceptable, less
costly and allows the due share to the other felt-needs of the community.
The overall development of the community and providing basic facilities
leads to the better public participation in the TB control programme.
Improved nutrition status of the people specially by feeding young,
will help in preventing the breakdown of the disease. Since TB is
equally prevalent in rural and urban areas, planning of the whole
area by involving the existing facilities and development of effective
rural TB services will bring the services within reach of every
person. Regular and continuous training and supervision of the general
staff to carry out TB activities is one of the prerequisite. A continuous
anti-TB drug supply for treating about 4 million cases per year
for a very long period of 20-30 years can be achieved with the help
of international assistance.
Even if the programme is fairly effective, it is
visualised that the control programme and social planning should
be on long term basis for several decades.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIO-ECONOMICS; SOCIAL PLANNING; INDIA.