The primary objective of this course is to provide clinicians working in low and middle income settings with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis, especially MDR-TB. The course will also introduce participants to the challenges introduced by XDR-TB. Finally, the course will introduce the approach to treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis from a program perspective.
The 5-day intensive training course consists of presentations, discussions and practical exercises provided by internationally renowned experts in the field of drug resistant tuberculosis. The in-class activities will use a format of lectures and interactive learning.
The course will provide a detailed review of epidemiologic, biologic, clinical, diagnosis (laboratory procedures and others), principles of treatment and programmatic components of drug resistant tuberculosis.
Moreover, field visits to some MDR-TB management facilities and to the National Reference Laboratory of Namibia will be organized, where there will be an analysis and discussion of complicated MDR/XDR-TB cases.