Operational Research Course in the Philippines
Tuberculosis is a major public health problem in the Philippines, and multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) is a particular challenge, with an estimated 15,000 cases in 2015. Treatment outcomes for MDR-TB are typically worse than those for patients with drug sensitive TB, in significant part due to the length of treatment and the potential for adverse effects from second-line medications.
TREAT TB is supporting the NTP with programmatic implementation of the standard shorter treatment regimen for MDR-TB (SSTR) through a multi-year comprehensive technical assistance project. As a part of our work, TREAT TB is training 16 public health professionals to conduct operational research on priority research questions related to TB and MDR-TB. Operational research on the shorter treatment regimen and other priority areas has the potential to provide key insights on programmatic and clinical management of patients with MDR-TB, improve TB-control, and strengthen the country’s capacity to successfully conduct operational research.
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