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Capacity Building for MDR-TB Control in Peru

In partnership with The Union’s Lima office and the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) of the Peruvian Ministry of Health, TREAT TB carried out an operational research (OR) course in Peru from September 2015 to September 2016. The course aimed to develop skills among NTP staff to conduct Operational Research (OR) studies independently and generate evidence to improve tuberculosis (TB) control.

 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; their research focused on several important topics including programmatic management of pre-extensively drug-resistant TB and TB treatment in children using second-line medication. In October 2017, course participants presented their findings at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara, Mexico. Participants also submitted manuscripts to journals which will be made available on the TREAT TB website once they have been published.