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Socioeconomic inequalities of tuberculosis in India.

Muniyandi, M and Rajeswari, Ramachandran (2008) Socioeconomic inequalities of tuberculosis in India. Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, 9 (10). pp. 1623-1628. ISSN 1465-6566; eISSN: 1744-7666

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The association between poverty and tuberculosis (TB) is well established and widespread. Objective : To study the socioeconomic inequalities of TB in India. Methods : Information related to socioeconomic inequalities of TB in India was reviewed, including study of varying prevalence and infection, regional disparities and demographic disparities of disease of TB with a view to establish a link between TB and poverty, in terms of income, standard of living, house type and social class. Results : The burden of TB for India for the year 2000 was estimated to be 8.5 million and the annual risk of TB infection varied from 1 to 2%. The TB prevalence was significantly higher among people living below the poverty line compared with those above the poverty line (242 versus 149/100,000 population). Among the marginalised people, TB was 1.5 times more prevalent. TB was disproportionately high among the poor. Conclusion : Poverty and inequality were very closely linked. Today’s great health challenge is equity: accelerating health progress in poor and socially excluded groups.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: India , inequality , pharmacoeconomics , poverty , tuberculosis
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Socio Behavioral
Divisions: Social and Behavioural Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 10:05
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 11:31

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