by Priya B. Shete and David W. Dowdy
PLoS Med14(11): e1002419 – Published: November 7, 2017
Interventions to alleviate social and economic risk (i.e., social protection interventions) have great appeal in terms of their potential to alleviate not only poverty but also the burden of TB disease. Indeed, social protection interventions speak directly to a pillar of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) End TB Strategy: to ensure that no TB affected household incurs “catastrophic” costs in the course of their TB care. And such interventions clearly improve the financial status of their beneficiaries. But what (and how) would we measure to verify the claim that social protection actually improves TB care and control?