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TB Notes 2, 2007
Director's Letter
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  MDR TB and XDR TB Clinical Trials Design Working Group Formed
  The Long Road to a Shorter, Stronger, Safer Cure for TB – How to Get There Faster
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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 2, 2007


Building the Capacity of Health Care Workers from the Former Soviet Union on TB/HIV Surveillance Activities

Bryan Kim, MPH, presented the following as a poster at the 2007 International Union Against Tuberculosis Conference, North America Region, which took place February 22–24, 2007.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of morbidity among people living with HIV (PLWH). Many of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) countries have a high TB burden and a rapidly expanding HIV epidemic. Enhanced surveillance of HIV-related TB (TB/HIV) is a recommended activity in order to monitor the overlap of the two epidemics. To increase capacity among health care workers (HCWs) from the FSU countries, a training course on HIV surveillance among TB patients was developed.

A week-long TB/HIV surveillance training for HCWs from FSU countries was conducted in Croatia in May 2005 and May 2006. The training was developed to increase the skills of HCWs to plan, implement, and evaluate TB/HIV surveillance according to WHO/UNAIDS guidelines. Course participants developed protocols to describe how TB/HIV surveillance activities would be implemented in their respective countries. Each participant took a pretest and a posttest to assess knowledge gained from the course. In May 2005, a total of 14 participants were trained; in May 2006, a total of 18 participants were trained. Participants were trained on research methods, multidrug-resistant TB, data collection and analysis, data dissemination and usage, and ethics. Posttest results indicated that participants increased their knowledge of TB/HIV surveillance activities. Course evaluations done at the end of the training indicated that the participants felt the protocol development activity was very practical. Some participants indicated that, depending on resources, they would be able to implement the protocols in their countries. WHO and CDC are providing technical assistance to a few of the participating countries to help them follow up in the implementation of their protocols.

—Submitted by Bryan Kim, MPH
Div of TB Elimination


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