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Basic Airborne Infection Prevention and Control Short Course - Contact Tuition



The recent WHO HIV/TB National Review identified various challenges and weaknesses with respect to Infection Control practices in South African public facilities. Whilst there appeared to be a general awareness of the principals embedded in the international and national TB infection control guidelines amongst most people responsible for IC in the provinces, it found a general lack of insight into principles of TB IC at all levels. Particularly, basic administrative controls were not implemented effectively at most district health facilities

The conclusions pointed to the need for ongoing education programmes to train all levels of staff. The outcomes report recommended that TB infection control be incorporated into the general infection control programmes of all facilities. FPD with CSIR developed a basic airborne infection control course addressing the challenges of airborne infection.

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Who Should Enrol

Infection control personnel, occupational health nurse, occupational health and safety personnel facility maintenance personnel, environmental health practitioners; TB coordinators, quality assurance coordinators, facility, district and provincial managers, clinicians working in TB and HIV&AIDS programmes, architects, engineers and people working for infrastructure departments.

Course Design


Course Content

After completing this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Explain Infection Control
  • Develop a facility specific TB infection control policy.
  • Design and describe facility specific administrative procedures for patients.
  • Design and describe facility specific administrative operating procedures for staff.
  • Develop a facility specific TB infection control policy.
  • Define and describe various environmental TB IPC measures.
  • Describe various ventilation and disinfection mechanisms for enclosed spaces.
  • Describe basic requirements for safe sputum collection.
  • Differentiate between natural and mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe how to conduct different measurements for airflow.
  • Define UVGI
  • Describe contents of an effective respiratory protection programme.
  • Describe how to conduct a fit test and a fit check.
  • Explain steps to follow when donning a respirator.
  • Explain the HACCP process.
  • Describe how to conduct a risk assessment
  • Translate risk assessment outcomes into risk management plans
  • Develop M&E processes from the risk management plan


Participants are assessed through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire.


Will be awarded according to the specific accreditation of the specific registration body


After successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion by the Foundation for Professional Development.