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Summary: Tajikistan has the highest rate of tuberculosis in Central Asia, a disease which generally affects those in extreme poverty due to close living quarters, limited access to healthcare, and a lack of knowledge of TB. Many impoverished populations are unable to effectively receive help for their curable TB due to myths stating TB is genetic, caused by witchcraft, etc. The largest problem is the social shame and ostracism associated with having TB that prevents individuals from seeking medical attention. 

Think About:

- How are these myths about diseases formed?
- How do local culture and socioeconomics affect myths and access to healthcare?
- What other diseases are stigmatized in specific populations?
- How can these myths and stigmas be dispelled? 

Original Article, For More Information: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/02/196318497/myths-and-stigma-stoke-tb-epidemic-in-tajikistan

 

Photo: http://www.msf.org.uk/country-region/tajikistan