||The prospective role of voluntary tuberculosis associations
throughout the world.
||BULL IUAT 1962, 32, 271-275.
The article describes the two views of voluntary
TB associations and focuses on the role of voluntary associations
viewed as the all-level type, wherein, local voluntary units are
confederated in the National TB Association. The government, the
medical profession and the general public or the voluntary association,
as its representative, are the three partners in the TB programme
with specific functions. The voluntary associations are roughly
classified into two groups based on whether the TB control programme
in the specific country is recent or has been well-established for
long. The prospective role of voluntary associations in developing
countries include setting up and encouragement of local voluntary
units, co-ordination of the local units, stimulating the government
by initiating certain pioneering activities, maintaining a close
relationship with the medical profession and promoting international
contacts, especially, within the International Union. The work of
the TAI is mentioned as a stimulating example that the above ideas
can be realized in a developing-country context. The suggested role
for voluntary organisations in developed countries include promoting
epidemiological research after consultation with epidemiologists,
the adoption of a sister organisation in one of the developing countries
and extending activities beyond TB control to incorporate other
respiratory or vascular diseases.
|KEYWORDS: VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATION; HOLLAND.