The course runs over 4 days and covers the clinical aspects of disease (TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB); disease management strategies (international and national policy) including infection control; patient care (in depth); and teaching methods. Participants commit themselves to training a further 10 nurses and 10 allied health workers and to target their training in order to address their most pressing challenges to improve the service offered to patients.
The course is designed to be participatory, encouraging discussion and problem-solving approaches. It is constantly being updated but the plan is to make it available as a training package by the middle of 2011. An interactive e-learning course on the care, prevention and management of tuberculosis and drug-resistant TB was launched in November 2010, which provides practical on-line tools to nurses and those involved in caring for patients, families and communities affected by 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.
It is very different from other courses in that it is designed for nurses by nurses taking into account the realities of their daily work. It is delivered by experienced nurses who are also skilled trainers.