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Dear participant,

Please note that The Union plans to inactivate this eLearning Programme on the 1st February 2024 because we consider the content is no longer up to date. At the moment, there are no plans to update this course.

You have until that date to complete the course and download a certificate of completion.

Kind regards,

Union Courses




The Programmatic and Clinical Management of DR-TB Online course provides clinical officers, nurses, paramedical staff and other health workers with the knowledge and skills to effectively solve the most frequent challenges in the management of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

You will receive a certificate at the end of the training if you validate the end of the training assessment. The course will take approximately 8h to be completed. You can start and pause and come back to it later.

Course content

Module 1: Epidemiology and diagnosis

  • 1. Tuberculosis: who is the pathogen and what is the global burden?
    • Introduction
    • Knowing the pathogen
    • Burden of DR-TB and major gaps in DR-TB control
    • Conclusion
  • 2. Natural history of TB and how resistance occurs
    • Natural history
    • Drug resistance: how it occurs and how it can be prevented
    • What is driving drug resistance
    • Conclusion
  • 3. Diagnostic tests
    • Introduction
    • Specimen collection and transportation
    • Diagnostic tests for TB and DR-TB
    • Conclusion
  • 4. Case finding strategies
    • Introduction
    • Case finding strategies
    • Contact tracing
    • Conclusion
  • 5. Delivering DR-TB care through person-centered approach
    • Introduction
    • Support Interventions
    • Treatment Delivery
    • Role of the nurse
    • Conclusion

Module 2: Clinical presentation and treatment

  • 1. Clinical and radiological manifestations of TB
    • Introduction
    • Clinical Presentation
    • Radiological Presentation
    • Conclusion
  • 2. DR-TB Treatment
    • Introduction
    • Medications used for DR-TB
    • DR-TB regimens
    • WHO recommendations for treatment of DR-TB
    • Conclusion
  • 3. Adverse Events Management
    • Introduction
    • Definitions
    • Monitoring
    • Adverse events clinical management
    • Conclusion
  • 4. DR-TB in specific populations - Part I
    • DR-TB in HIV co-infected
    • DR-TB and diabetes mellitus
    • DR-TB in children
    • DR-TB in pregnancy
  • 5. DR-TB in specific populations - Part II
    • DR-TB in children
    • DR-TB in pregnancy

This Module contains an optional activity:

  • Management of QT prolongation
  • Management of peripheral neuropathy
  • Management of hearing loss
  • Management of optic neuritis

Module 3: Infection control, reporting and case studies

  • 1. TB treatment outcomes and interpretation of data
    • Introduction
    • Outcome definition
    • Use of recorded data for decision making
    • Examples
    • Conclusion
  • 2. Infection control
    • Introduction
    • Importance of TB Infection control
    • Administrative control measures
    • Environmental control measures
    • Personal protection
    • Conclusion
  • 3. Case study - Part I
    • Case presentation 1-10
  • 4. Case study - Part 2
    • Case presentation 1-10

At the end of the training, you will:

  • Understand the basics of TB care and prevention.
  • Understand how drug-resistance develops, transmits and how it can be prevented.
  • Know how TB and DR-TB are diagnosed.
  • Know the basic elements of treatment of TB and DR-TB.
  • Know how to monitor and manage adverse events and when to refer to a physician.
  • Consider TB management in special cases: children, pregnant women, diabetes melitus and HIV co-morbidity.
  • Be able to apply the basics of recording and reporting and TB data use for decision making in TB care and prevention.

Clinical officers, nurses, M&E and health information officers, TB program staff not directly involved in DR-TB clinical management

The course content was developed by The Union. 

Faculty and review committee members have no real or perceived, direct or indirect conflicts of interest that relate to this online course.

Anita Mesic has no conflict of interest to declare.

Module 1: Epidemiology and diagnosis
Module 2: Clinical presentation and treatment
Module 2: Clinical presentation and treatment | Optional activity
Module 3: Infection control, reporting and case studies
Assessment and Evaluation

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