Nursing’s role in tuberculosis control: a discussion from the perspective of equity

Flor Yesenia Musayón Oblitas Natalie Loncharich María Esther Salazar Helena Maria Leal David Inés Silva Doris Velásquez About the authors

This paper aims to analyze nurses’ role in tuberculosis control from the perspective of equity in the context of Latin American countries. Tuberculosis is frequently associated with poverty, but many other determinants play an important role in its prevalence. Latin American countries fight against the presence of this illness and nursing professionals play a protagonist role in TB control, proposing comprehensive interventions in different spheres - individuals, families and society. The focus of nursing intervention ranges from public policy proposals, based on epidemiological research, through the establishment of multi-sector programs, to direct care and client education at the operative level. Different professional nursing institutions can play a decisive role in this problem’ integral approach, both in national and international scopes. This requires the establishment of educative, social, technical and politically integrated support networks.

Tuberculosis; Social Inequity; Nursing

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