Towards the WHO post-2015 global TB control and elimination strategy (End TB): skills for managers and consultants

5–17 October 2015, Cepina, Italy

The overall goal of the training course is to further develop the necessary skills to plan, implement and evaluate a TB control programme based on the WHO recommended Stop TB Strategy. The course includes new training modules focusing on the post-2015 global TB control and elimination strategy recently approved by the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly, and the ambitious targets and goals of the End TB Strategy 2016–2035. The three-part course uses innovative approaches – interactive and exercise based – including a mixture of presentations, exercises, workshops, site visits and role plays based on data from Fictitia, a fictitious country in which all consultancy activities take place.

Part 1. Introduction

This part comprises a presentation of aims and goals, and all the preliminary aspects related to the preparation of a mission to countries and the report to the funding agency. A new unit on TB elimination is included.

Part 2. Implementation of the WHO post-2015 global TB control and elimination strategy

This part first traces the evolution of the WHO strategy from the DOTS (directly observed treatment, short-course) strategy to the Stop TB Strategy to the post-2015 one. Then the course guides the participant in a practical and interactive manner to understand, promote and implement the 3 pillars of the new WHO post-2015 TB strategy.

  1. High-quality, integrated TB care and prevention starts with core technical interventions: early diagnosis, including universal drug susceptibility testing and systematic screening of contacts and high-risk groups; treatment of all patients, including those affected by drug-resistant TB, co-infected with HIV and those with co-morbidities; and prevention interventions.
  2. Bold policies and supportive systems covers political commitment and adequate resources; engagement of communities, civil-society organizations and public and private providers; universal health coverage and policy frameworks for case notifications, vital registration, drug quality, rational use of drugs and diagnostics and infection control; and social protection and poverty alleviation.
  3. Intensified research and innovation discusses the process supporting the discovery, development and rapid uptake of new diagnostics and drugs, as well as interventions and strategies.

Part 3. Planning and M&E of the TB control and elimination strategy in Fictitia

Participants will be guided to:

  • use the WHO planning toolkit for TB control, developed to help countries design a core plan, budget plan, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan, operational plan and technical assistance plan; and
  • interact with the new Global Fund funding model and concept note.

This part includes an evaluation of the mission reports to Fictitia (produced by participants on site) and of the plans on multidrug and extensively drug-resistant TB (M/XDR-TB), TB/HIV collaborative activities, public-private mix and infection control, as well as evaluation of the whole training course.

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating TB and MDR-TB control activities in M/XDR-TB within the implementation framework of the new WHO strategy at national and subnational levels.

Participants might be managers of TB/MDR-TB and HIV programmes at the national or subnational level or staff otherwise involved in control programmes at national or subnational level such as health ministry staff, staff of international agencies involved in TB/MDR-TB/HIV control, and leading national experts and opinion-leaders involved in TB/MDR-TB/HIV prevention, diagnosis and care.

This training course has been globally recognized, and recommended as one of the best and complete training packages available on TB and TB/HIV management and control, giving a wide perspective on many different, updated, in demand topics (and also officially recognized as a pre-requisite for enrolment in the TBTEAM experts' roster).

Practical information

Training venue: Hotel Cepina, Cepina (Sondrio), Italy (160 km from Milan)

Organizers: WHO Collaborating Centre for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Salvatore Maugeri Foundation, Tradate, Italy in collaboration with the Global Tuberculosis Programme, WHO headquarters, Switzerland; WHO collaborating centres (Milan and Brescia, Italy); and other international partners involved in TB, M/XDR-TB and TB/HIV management and control

Administrative secretariat: Public Health Consulting Group, Lugano, Switzerland

Language: English

Application deadline: 10 August 2015

Payment deadline: 30 August 2015

For further details, queries and application forms, please contact:

Lia D'Ambrosio at: lia.phcg@gmail.com or liadambrosio59@gmail.com

WHO Collaborating Centre for TB and Lung Diseases, Tradate, Italy

Tel: +39 0331 829404+39 0331 829404

Fax: +39 0331 829402