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Heath education model to teach about tuberculosis, London, England, 1975-1985

Tuberculosis is often spread because there is a lack of understanding about how it is transmitted and treated. This model was used in Nepal to teach that coughing over others can spread the disease. The grey threads represent germs and saliva. On the right, the same woman receives a course of tablets. She is required to take three a day for six months. Only by finishing the course is the woman receiving the correct medical treatment. The model was made by Models for Rural Development.

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Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

Glossary: tuberculosis

An infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium first identified by Robert Koch in 1882. The disease usually affects the lungs first, and is accompanied by a chronic cough.

Glossary: diseases of poverty

A phrase that refers to diseases that are seen to be more common in conditions of poverty. They are often contagious and can be associated with overcrowding, malnutrition or environmental and industrial factors. Three major diseases of poverty are AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.