February 2013

Resource Occupational Safety Framework for TB

The development of comprehensive approaches to protect healthcare workers from occupational risk of TB is greatly needed for high TB burden countries. Appropriate occupational safety policy frameworks and workers’ compensation schemes are essential to provide adequate mechanisms for mitigating TB burden among healthcare workers, as well as preservation of their mental, physical and emotional health.

17 Apr 2013 17:45
Resource Bangladesh National Infection Control Guidelines

In 2011, the TB CARE II Project worked with the Bangladesh National TB Program to develop the first ever Guidelines for TB Infection Control in Bangladesh (0). Components of the guidelines include:

08 Aug 2013 11:47
Resource Infection Prevention and Control: Training Curriculum for Healthcare Workers

Preventing infections in healthcare facilities is crucial, especially in the context of HIV and TB. All healthcare workers have a responsibility to practice effective infection prevention measures to protect themselves and their clients from acquiring an infection. Providing education and training to healthcare staff is an important strategy in implementing an infection prevention program.

17 Apr 2013 16:37
Resource Report: Integrating TB and HIV Services in the General Health Care System in Russia
The Quality Assurance Project (QAP) began to work with federal and regional health authorities in the Russian Federation to apply the improvement collaborative approach to design a model system on HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support in pilot sites in four cities: St. Petersburg (one of 18 districts), Orenburg, Engels, and Togliatti.
15 Feb 2013 12:32
Resource Report: Expanding TB and TB/HIV Integrated Services in Thai Binh Province, Vietnam

This report provides an evaluation of an 18-month quality improvement intervention supported by the USAID-funded Quality Assurance Project (QAP) and its successor, the Health Care Improvement (HCI) Project, in Thai Binh Province of Vietnam. The province, located in the Red River’s Delta in northern Vietnam, has 1.8 million population, an annual TB case load of 1600–1800 cases, and an cumulative number of 2188 HIV-infected cases.

15 Feb 2013 12:30
Resource Tools to integrate TB and maternal and child health services

In 2011, TB CARE II developed and disseminated two tools that address TB case finding and comprehensive HIV care within the antenatal care setting. The Focused Antenatal Care + Tool (FANC+ Tool) and fundal height

17 Apr 2013 17:43
Resource Management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Children: A Field Guide

TB CARE II recently introduced a new field guide on the management of pediatric Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) at the Union World Conference. This guide is the first of its kind to address the neglected issue of drug resistant TB among children, and was developed in coordination with the Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis at Harvard University.

17 Apr 2013 17:41
Resource National Guidelines for the Management of Tuberculosis in Children

The Bangladesh National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), in partnership with USAID through the TB CARE II project, recently published a set of guidelines meant to assist in the diagnosis and management of TB in children.

17 Apr 2013 17:41
Resource Sentinel Project - Stories of Children with drug-resistant TB

The Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis is a global partnership of researchers, caregivers, and advocates who have come together to end the neglect of this vulnerable population of children. The project team collaborates to develop and deploy evidence-based strategies to prevent the death of children from this treatable disease; it is a learning network committed to generating and disseminating knowledge and data for immediate action.

17 Apr 2013 17:41
Resource Data Collection Tools to evaluate the cause and frequency of delays in TB diagnosis

In 2011-2012, TB CARE II undertook a study to understand TB patients’ delays and inform the development of an integrated set of recommendations for TB program managers and service providers regarding the appropriateness of different strategies for reducing patient factor delays in accessing TB diagnostic and treatment services.

17 Apr 2013 17:41
Resource Computer-based Training for TB Education in Indonesia

To support the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) of Indonesia in its efforts to train private health care practitioners in tuberculosis (TB) directly observed treatment, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project was asked by USAID to update and adapt for Indonesia a computer-based training product that had previously been developed for Bolivia by the USAID-funded Quality Assurance Project.In collaboration with the NTP, the Indonesian Medical Association (Ikatan Dokter Indonesia, or IDI), the Indonesian Midwife Association (IBI), and the Indonesian National Nurses Association (PPN

15 Feb 2013 12:22
Resource Treating tuberculosis in the private sector: Cambodia

While AIDS has taken the lead in terms of disease threat to humankind, tuberculosis (TB) remains a serious threat, especially where it attacks people with HIV/AIDS. This report presents 2003–2004 survey data of private sector TB practices in Cambodia so that decision-makers can move forward in ensuring proper case management of TB and stemming its spread while using precious resources effectively.

15 Feb 2013 12:21
Resource Bangladesh: NGO and public sector tuberculosis service delivery -- rapid assessment results

The Quality Assurance Project commissioned a rapid assessment of the Bangladesh service delivery system for TB-DOTS, the internationally recommended strategy for tuberculosis control. The assessment was designed to inform the development of a context-specific strategy to ensure the delivery of high-quality TB-DOTS care to achieve sustained detection of 70% of new smear-positive patients and an 85% cure rate.

15 Feb 2013 12:18
Resource Reducing treatment default among tuberculosis patients in the Philippines

The reduction of the default rate among patients with tuberculosis (TB) in Metro Manila is presented. An intervention study was performed among 239 patients with TB, aged 12-84 years. All TB service providers were given instructions and practice in the use of flip chart and the patient and health care system contract. Consequently, the patients with systematic pattern of drug collection for at least 10 weeks were counted as compliers. Anyone who began the treatment but did not continue for at least 10 weeks was counted as default of treatment.

15 Feb 2013 12:16
Resource Improving Tuberculosis Control in Rural Bolivia

In 2006, USAID/Bolivia asked the Quality Assurance Project (QAP) to work with its bilateral health project, Gestión y Calidad en Salud (GCS) and the National TB Control Program (NTP) of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to implement an improvement collaborative aimed at strengthening the TB program’s performance.

15 Feb 2013 12:15
Resource The effectiveness of TB DOTS supporters in South Africa

This report presents reflections on South African supporters of DOTS, the internationally recommended strategy for tuberculosis (TB) control. The DOTS strategy has been implemented on a national level in South Africa's fight against TB, and DOTS supporters are lay health workers who provide some of the services called for by the strategy. The report draws on qualitative data from the Western Cape metropolitan area and the Nyandeni district of the Eastern Cape.

15 Feb 2013 12:13
Resource Global TB Control Report 2011

This is the sixteenth global report on tuberculosis (TB) published by WHO in a series that started in 1997. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using data reported by 198 countries that account for over 99% of the world’s TB cases.

17 Apr 2013 17:41
Resource The Global Plan to Stop TB 2011–2015: Transforming the Fight—Towards Elimination of Tuberculosis

The Global Plan to Stop TB 2011–2015: Transforming the Fight—Towards Elimination of Tuberculosis, released by the STOP TB Partnership in Oct 2010, updates the Global Plan to Stop TB 2006-2015 and sets new and more ambitious targets. The new plan identifies all the research gaps that need to be filled to bring rapid TB tests, faster treatment regimens and a fully effective vaccine to market.

15 Feb 2013 12:11
Resource Online Introductory Course on MDR TB for Physicians

This eight module course on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is designed as a self-study online introductory course on MDR-TB for physicians. Each chapter is accompanied with a quiz based on the content of that chapter.

The course presents general principles of MDR-TB control, it doesn't reflect country specific regulations due to variation in policy and guidlines across borders.

15 Feb 2013 12:09
Resource Resources for strengthing Technical Assistance Centers for PMDT

Fighting drug resistant TB requires expertise and innovation. TB CARE II is tackling this need by working with TB policy makers and implementers to develop a network of experts and resources to strengthen national and regional drug resistant TB programs. Building from the expertise available through Partners In Health Technical Assistance Centers (TAC) in Lesotho, Russia and Peru (through PIH sister organization Socios En Salud), TB CARE II is working to support the development of TACs so we can share experiences to build effective PMDT worldwide.

17 Apr 2013 17:19
Resource Community Based Care for Drug-Resistant TB: A Guide for Implementers

Many countries are in the process of establishing or scaling up treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR TB). Effectively scaling up treatment will require addressing health systems–related issues, such as task shifting to alleviate human resources shortages and greater community engagement. A principal challenge in establishing or scaling up treatment of DR TB is deciding what model of care to implement. A crucial step is bridging the gap between the hospital and the community to ensure continuity of care. For DR TB treatment to be truly patient-centered, patients must be supported in their homes and communities.

10 Jul 2013 12:04
Resource WHO Global Report: Multidrug and extensively drug-resistant TB (M/XDR-TB) - 2010 GLOBAL REPORT ON SURVEILLANCE AND RESPONSE

This report on TB drug resistance by the World Health Organization (WHO) updates “Anti-tuberculosis drug resistance in the world: Report No. 4” published by WHO in 2008. It summarizes the latest data and provides latest estimates of the global epidemic of multidrug and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB). For the first time, this report includes an assessment of the progress countries are making to diagnose and treat MDR-TB cases.

15 Feb 2013 11:53