TB Management Training (Archived)
The Italian Corporation funded a project, in KwaZulu-Natal, from September 2008 to December 2009, which trained health practitioners from the Umzinyathi district in the management of TB; while, during the reporting period,managers and professional nurses working in MDR units were trained in Multi (Extremely) Drug Resistant (XDR) TB management.
In utilising the current district records during training, it became apparent that MDR infections were mainly the result of the high rate of patients who defaulted their TB treatment. As a counter-strategy, the district has formulated community tracer teams to follow up on defaulters.
A further training need identified during the TB management training was the recording, reporting and monitoring of outcomes of the programme both at facility level and at management level. HST has embarked on training the district officials in monitoring and evaluation, including recording. Two such training sessions have now taken place.
Training manuals have been developed for TB management, whilst HST has also supported the province in the development of training material for XDR.