Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 17(10) Supplement 1, 1 October 2013
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It is essential to recognise that people face challenges beyond their disease, and that these challenges must be addressed in order to provide accessible diagnosis, treatment and care. This requires a team approach to delivering care that is patient-centred, i.e., taking patient needs, circumstances and capabilities into account. In this supplement the articles looking at patients’ experience during the course of their treatment in South Africa and Brazil demonstrate the necessity of providing ongoing assessment and support. Community health workers (CHWs) play an essential role in assisting people to access prompt diagnosis and supporting them through treatment, but they must be trained, supervised and fully integrated into the existing health system.