Capacity Building for MDR-TB Control in Peru
In partnership with The Union’s Lima office and the National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) of the Peruvian Ministry of Health, TREAT TB completed an operational research course in Peru based on the SORT IT model. The course consisted of three modules between September 2015 and September 2016 and aimed to enable NTP staff members to develop the skills needed to conduct OR studies and generate evidence to help control TB in Peru and other high-burden countries.
TB remains a serious threat to public health in Peru. Moreover, the burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases is a threat to tuberculosis control. Because the Peruvian NTP has a sophisticated MDR-TB surveillance and data collection system, TREAT TB aimed to build on the progress Peru already achieved by equipping key NTP staff members with OR skills to enable them to use the information collected to strengthen TB control activities in the country.
The course consisted of three five-day modules: “Developing a Research Protocol”; “Data Collection and Analysis”; and “Scientific Manuscript Writing.” Six participants successfully completed the course. Results of their operational research will be submitted for publication, and five participants will present their findings at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara in October 2017.