In 2011-2012, TB CARE II undertook a study to understand TB patients’ delays and inform the development of an integrated set of recommendations for TB program managers and service providers regarding the appropriateness of different strategies for reducing patient factor delays in accessing TB diagnostic and treatment services.

The project, led by URC, developed a series of questionnaires which were field tested and applied to conduct field studies in two high burden TB countries (Bangladesh and Swaziland) as part of a qualitative assessment to address specific factors causing TB patient delays.  Results and recommendations from the studies can be found in the report “Reducing TB Delays: Evaluating the Frequency and Causes of Delays in Bangladesh and Swaziland.”