||The role and functions of voluntary tuberculosis associations.
||BULL IUAT 1974, 49, 264-265.
The contribution of voluntary organizations to
the success of control programmes in the past, in countries where
TB prevalence is now low, has been appreciable and this fact should
be recognized. The Japan Anti-TB Association and its activities
are described to highlight the importance of voluntary organizations
in fighting TB. The mortality and incidence rates of TB are still
fairly high compared with other low-prevalence countries. Therefore,
the Japan Association is urged to fight the loss of interest in
TB observed in the country (similarly observed in other low-prevalence
countries), as it created serious problems in carrying out TB programs,
through utilizing all possible media. Encouraging the activities
of womens anti-TB societies, composed mostly of housewives
in the community and having its own research institute that conducts
research on TB and disseminates all the necessary information, are
two unique achievements of the Association. It also conducts an
international training course for participants from high-prevalence
countries abroad. Fund-raising is a big problem for the association.
Ways to overcome this problem are suggested.
|KEYWORDS: VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATION; TB ASSOCIATION; JAPAN.