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Introduction of Tuberculosis for Supporters, Caregivers and Lay Counsellors Short Course - Contact Tuition



Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. In settings with a high TB/HIV burden and significant shortages of human resources for health (HRH), task shifting strategies have relied on lay workers to provide adherence and counselling support for patients with TB and HIV. Supporters, caregivers and lay counsellors also play a major role in the prevention of TB. This course is developed to equip lay-counsellors, community workers, home based caregivers to support patients with TB and HIV.

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Who Should Enrol

Lay-counsellors, community workers, home based caregivers and supporter.

Course Design

The course is offered using participatory methods and building on shared knowledge with the participants through contact tuition. This course is facilitated by leading edge faculties in the field.

Course Content

  • Tuberculosis: A World Emergency
  • The need a Tuberculosis control programme (TBCP) and why integration with the HIV/AIDS operational plan is important
  • The Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Bacillus
  • How Tuberculosis infection develops into TB disease.
  • The diagnoses of Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
  • Special types of Tuberculosis: MDR, XDR and Extra-Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
  • Treatment of Tuberculosis
  • Adherence to treatment and the DOTS Strategy.
  • TB/HIV co-infection

Learning Outcomes

The principal objectives of this course are:

  • To empower health care workers to stay abreast with the latest development in the treatment of pregnant women and infant patients
  • To improve the standards of medical practice and patient care.

Study Material

Your study material will be handed to you on the first day of the workshop.

Additional materials which would assist participants in diagnosing and managing HIV related conditions will also be provided. National guidelines will be distributed whenever they are available.


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop and successfully complete the assessment process.