TB / MDR TB Project

TB / MDR TB Project

World Health Organisation (WHO)

The WHO Global TB Programme aims to advance universal access to TB prevention, care and control, guide the global response to threats, and promote innovation.

Core functions

  • Provide global leadership on matters critical to TB;
  • Develop evidence-based policies, strategies and standards for TB prevention, care and control, and monitor their implementation;
  • Jointly with WHO regional and country offices, provide technical support to Member States, catalyze change, and build sustainable capacity;
  • Monitor the global TB situation, and measure progress in TB care, control, and financing;
  • Shape the TB research agenda and stimulate the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
  • Facilitate and engage in partnerships for TB action.


World Medical Association (WMA)

The World Medical Association (WMA) is an international organization representing physicians. It was founded on 17 September 1947, when physicians from 27 different countries met at the First General Assembly of the WMA in Paris. The organization was created to ensure the independence of physicians, and to work for the highest possible standards of ethical behaviour and care by physicians, at all times. This was particularly important to physicians after the Second World War, and therefore the WMA has always been an independent confederation of free professional associations. Funding has been by the annual contributions of its members, which has now grown to 100 National Medical Associations.

The WMA provides a forum for its member associations to communicate freely, to co-operate actively, to achieve consensus on high standards of medical ethics and professional competence, and to promote the professional freedom of physicians worldwide.

This unique partnership facilitates high-calibre, humane care to patients in a healthy environment, enhancing the quality of life for all people in the world.

TB Online Learning Resources

ICN has developed an exciting new on-line course on the Care, prevention and management of tuberculosis (TB) which provides practical tools to nurses and those working with patients, families and communities affected by TB, including drug-resistant TB. The course is widely applicable for all settings, while also dealing with the challenges of providing care when resources are scarce and the workload is high. 

The course is broken down into a series of standards each addressing an important part of the patient's journey from before diagnosis to the end treatment. Each standard considers the resources, professional practice and knowledge required to meet the standard as well as how to measure progress. In addition to gaining practical knowledge through a variety of interactive exercises, there are opportunities to reflect on your own services and plan improvements.  

Standard statement: A good relationship is developed with the patient while symptoms, signs and risk factors consistent with TB are assessed and investigated appropriately

Sputum Testing

Standard statement:The patient produces good quality sputum specimens, delivers them to the appropriate place at the appropriate time and returns for the results. 

Standard statement: Each patient is registered appropriately, started on an approved treatment regimen and given practical advice, support and information according to their individual needs and concerns.
Standard statement: DOT will be arranged in the most convenient and reliable way possible taking into account the patient’s needs and wishes as well as local resources.
Standard statement: Contact tracing and investigation is carried out according to locally agreed protocols
Standard statement: Patient progress and DOT arrangements are monitored according to a schedule agreed upon between the Unit Coordinator, all health-care workers and other individuals designated to be involved in the care of TB patients.
Standard statement: Patients who do not attend when expected will be followed up, assessed and enabled to resume treatment as soon as possible.
Standard statement: Patients are assessed at the end of their intensive phase of treatment and a plan is developed with the patient for the continuation phase during which they are likely to have less contact with the management unit.
Case Management in the Continuation Phase
Standard statement: Ongoing support is available according to patient need and the necessary follow-up investigations are carried out.
Standard statement: Treatment is continuous throughout the course and appropriate arrangements are made if the patient needs to transfer his or her care to another management unit
Standard statement: Diagnostic HIV testing will be offered routinely to all patients with TB who do not know their HIV status, in a caring, consensual and confidential manner
Standard statement: The patient receives prophylactic treatment against common opportunistic infections, support and information with regard to staying healthy with HIV, including treatment with antiretroviral drugs, if appropriate, while on TB treatment before being transferred for ongoing care.



CHINA - Chinese Nursing Association (CNA)


website : www.cna-cast.org.cn

T. Dileep Kumar


Additional Info

  • Country India
  • Project role NNA Contact
  • Job title President, Indian Nursing Council

TB in the Workplace


  • ICN/IFRC/IHF/WMA Francophone Africa Inter-Professional TB Seminar  
    Health care worker safety in the context of drug-resistant TB in low and middle income countries
    28-29 September 2010
    Cotonou, Republic of Benin

  • ICN/IFRC/IHF/WMA Inter-professional TB Seminar
    Health care worker safety in the context of drug-resistant TB in low and middle income countries
    28-29 June 2009
    Durban, South Africa

  • ICN/IFRC/IHF/WMA Inter-professional TB Seminar
    Health care worker safety in the context of drug-resistant TB in low and middle income countries
    10-12 November 2009
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • ICN/IHF/WMA/IFRC Inter-Professional Training Seminar
    Health Care Worker Safety in the Context of drug-resistant TB in low and middle income countries
    12 / 13 November 2007
    Cape Town, South Africa

  • The World Economic Forum launched an awareness-building toolkit for tuberculosis (TB) and multi-drug resistant forms of the disease (MDR-TB). You can find the full text on http://www.weforum.org/pdf/GHI/TB.pdf

CHINA - Peking Union Medical College, School of Nursing (PUMC)

Anita Rani Kansal

Additional Info

  • Country India
  • Project role Local Trainer
  • Job title Nursing Superintendent, National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi
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