MDR-TB programme

Gabriela, from El Salvador, finished her 24 month treatment of MDR-TB in 2012.

Introducing The Union’s MDR-TB programme

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to recommend a new multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) regimen that shortens the length of treatment from 24 to nine months will change how the world responds to anti-microbial resistance.

The Union’s MDR-TB programme provides practical and experience-based support to countries implementing the nine-month regimen.

The Union’s expertise is based on our extensive research with partners supporting the nine-month regimen. This includes studies in Bangladesh, and the Union-coordinated West and Central Africa Francophone study, both of which are referenced by WHO in their recommendation.

How The Union can support implementation

The Union’s MDR-TB programme has been created to support countries around the world with implementing the new regimen. The programme will draw expertise from across The Union’s range of working areas. Here are some of the ways the MDR-TB programme can offer support:

Technical Assistance for MDR-TB

The Union’s technical assistance team offers support on the protocols and implementation planning needed to implement the shortened MDR-TB treatment regimen in a number of areas, including clinical care, programme supervision and recording and reporting of results.

This assistance is based on the real and practical experience of The Union’s work at the forefront of implementing the shortened MDR-TB treatment regimen in Bangladesh and the countries in the Union-coordinated West and Central Africa Francophone study.

More about The Union’s technical assistance work.

Courses on MDR-TB

Over the past 30 years, people working in TB and MDR-TB prevention, treatment and control at every level of the health system have turned to The Union to learn both fundamental skills and the latest best practices.

Union courses on MDR-TB provide the knowledge and skills required by health care professionals and programme managers to address the practical challenges of implementing the shortened regimen. Courses cover clinical and programmatic management, as well as helping staff meet the managerial and financial challenges that arise.

The Union ensures this MDR-TB programme is internationally accessible, by running courses in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

More about The Union’s courses.

Operational Research on MDR-TB

The Union offers a programme of operational research that takes participants from protocol development to data collection and analysis, culminating in a published research paper. This helps countries identify local solutions to local problems that lead to changes in policy and practice.

More about The Union’s operational research work.


Contact The Union MDR-TB programme team to discuss your particular needs: