Social stigma towards neglected tropical diseases: a systematic review.

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TítuloSocial stigma towards neglected tropical diseases: a systematic review.
Tipo de PublicaciónJournal Article
AutoresHofstraat K, van Brakel WH
Abbrev. JournalInt. Health
RevistaInternational health
Año de Publicacion2016
Volume8
Issuesuppl 1
Pagination53-70
Type of WorkSystematic review
Idioma de Publicacióneng
Palabras clave Disability, Discrimination, Neglected tropical diseases, NTDs, Social exclusion, Stigma
Resumen

Background People affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are frequently the target of social stigmatization. To date not much attention has been given to stigma in relation to NTDs. The objective of this review is to identify the extent of social stigma and the similarities and differences in the causes, manifestations, impact of stigma and interventions used between the NTDs.

Methods A systematic review was conducted in Pubmed, ScienceDirect, PsycINFO and Web of Knowledge. The search encompassed 17 NTDs, including podoconiosis, but not leprosy as this NTD has recently been reviewed. However, leprosy was included in the discussion.

Results The 52 selected articles provided evidence on stigma related to lymphatic filariasis (LF), podoconiosis, Buruli ulcer, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, trachoma, soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and human African trypanosomiasis. The similarities predominated in stigma related to the various NTDs; only minimal differences in stigma reasons and measures were found.

Conclusion These similarities suggest that joint approaches to reduce stigmatization may be feasible. Lessons from leprosy and other stigmatized health conditions can be used to plan such joint approaches. Further research will be necessary to study the efficacy of joint interventions and to investigate stigma related to NTDs for which no evidence is available yet.

DOI10.1093/inthealth/ihv071
Link to full texthttp://inthealth.oxfordjournals.org/content/8/suppl_1/i53.full.pdf+html