LIGHT aims to generate new evidence to inform policies that are gender-responsive and effectively actioned to improve male access to quality TB care; to reduce the number of people with TB-related ill health and deaths; to reduce transmission to the wider community, including to women and girls; and to reduce devastating associated costs for those with TB and their families.
Our research includes:
- Understanding the TB burden in Kenya, among young people - including barriers to TB screening, diagnosis and treatment.
- Assessing ways to actively find young men with TB in various settings in Malawi;
- Evaluating the acceptability, convenience and effectiveness of identifying and linking men with TB to care pathways in places where they gather in densely populated communities, in Nigeria; and
- Implementing interventions for men in healthcare facilities in Uganda.
We are also conducting research across our African-partner countries to compare various contexts and support scale-up of effective TB interventions through:
- modelling studies;
- health economic analysis; and through
- working in partnership with TB affected communities to co-produce solutions with them.