Childhood MDR TB for Healthcare Workers: an Online Course

Childhood MDR TB for Healthcare Workers is a course that can be completed entirely online and at your own pace. It covers how to diagnose and treat childhood MDR TB, including programmatic considerations. The course is interactive and will ask you to make decisions about fictional cases.

The course is designed for healthcare workers at the secondary level of the healthcare system. The content focuses on the clinical management of childhood MDR TB.

The course is made up of the five modules listed below. Each module will require at least one hour to complete. If you start a module, you may leave it and return later; your progress will be saved. The last module must be completed in three parts, each at least one week apart. You can view more information about each module below.

Once you have completed all modules, you can download and print a certificate of completion.

 

If your Internet access does not allow you to perform the online training, you can still access the information by downloading the full course here. However, certificates can be awarded only to those who complete the training online.

Module 1: Introduction

In this first module, you will learn about MDR TB in children and the risk factors for exposure/infection and disease. You will also be introduced to the basic principles of when and how MDR TB should be diagnosed and treated in children.

Module 2: Diagnosis

In module two, you will learn how to assess a child who may have MDR TB, and how to differentiate between DS TB and MDR TB. You will also learn about sputum collection and testing for confirming a diagnosis.

Module 3: Treatment

In module three, you will learn how to initiate treatment for children with MDR TB using second-line drugs. You will also learn how to follow up on children throughout their treatment, screen for and manage side effects, and support children and their family throughout the whole treatment period.

Module 4: Programmatic Considerations

In module four, you will explore some of the programmatic considerations for managing MDR TB, including contact screening and ways to reduce stigma in a community. You will also explore how different levels of care can work together to manage MDR TB.

Module 5: Practice, Part 1

In this final module, you will apply what you have learned to diagnose, treat, and screen for MDR TB in a series of patients. This is the first of a three-part module. Part two will become available one week after you complete part one.

Module 5: Practice, Part 2

In this final module, you will apply what you have learned to diagnose, treat, and screen for MDR TB in a series of patients. This is the second part of a three-part module. Part three will become available one week after you complete part two.

Module 5: Practice, Part 3

In this final module, you will apply what you have learned to diagnose, treat, and screen for MDR TB in a series of patients. This is the final part of the three-part module. It will become available one week after you complete part two.

The course was created by:
Steve Graham, Child Lung Health Consultant at The Union, Chair of Stop TB Partnership Childhood TB Subgroup, Professor of International Child Health at University of Melbourne
Jennifer Furin, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Anthony Garcia-Prats, Paediatrician, Research Clinician, Desmond Tutu TB Centre
Anne Detjen, Health Specialist, Childhood TB, UNICEF
Amanda Warner, Learning Designer, http://www.amanda-warner.com

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Acknowledgements

The Global Health Bureau, Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition (HIDN), US Agency for International Development, financially supports this online training course through Challenge TB under the terms of Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-14-00029 This online training course is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of Challenge TB and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. 

We would like to thank all who provided input and feedback during the design and development of this course.

Rajita Bhavaraju, Chishala Chabala, Patrick Elliott, Marianne Gale, Rachel Golin, Meseret Hailu, Jeremy Hill, Asimwe Justus, Immaculate Anne Kathure, Suman Majumdar, Daniel Meressa, Godwin Mtetwa, Aphrodis Ndayisaba, Valérie Schwoebel, James Seddon, Rina Triasih, Henry Welch