Upcoming Webinars

Infection Prevention and Control

Overview: The recently revised WHO guidelines and various national-level guidelines in high-burden TB countries, measurement of IPC interventions shown that infection prevention and control (IPC) interventions are incomplete and sporadic. This webinar aims to describe  global-level IPC indicators which can be used to measure aspects of IPC implementation at the managerial, administrative, environmental and personal protective equipment levels. The webinar will also describe IPC roadmap as These suggested indicators synchronize with global-level WHO guidance and the US Government’s National Action Plan for Combatting MDR-TB.

Target Audience: National TB and HIV Program Managers, Provincial and District level TB and HIV Program Managers, Monitoring and Evaluation specialists, Infection Prevention and Control Specialists, Implementing Partners

Keywords: IPC, Measurement, Monitoring and Evaluation, Program Management, TB

Objectives:

  • Describe the hierarchy of IPC controls and their respective importance
  • Describe global-level, comparable indicators as examples of measurement opportunities for IPC interventions
  • Describe the components of an IPC roadmap and essential details for inclusion and its use as an implementation tool and measurement tool

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe some high-level, comparable indicators for measuring IPC interventions in various IPC domains
  • Understand the rationale behind IPC roadmaps and the necessary components for creating a strong and operational roadmap

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: September 2019 Week 2

Overview: IPConnect is a tailored, open-source home for measuring, monitoring and evaluating IPC at the facility level. t is a suite of modules that includes data collection modules for risk assessments and IPC evaluation scorecards, data visualization for CO2 monitors and other interventions, stock management and waste management modules and feedback for facility staff on best practices in IPC. This powerful platform can be adapted to a variety of country contexts for various needs and uses to improve IPC measurement, monitoring and evaluation at both the facility and central levels. This webinar aims to describe the IPConnect platform through a South African use case and offers the opportunity for various users, including national TB program (NTPs) to decide which elements of IPConnect are considered essential for their country’s program.

Target Audience: National TB/HIV Program Managers, IPC focal people, Monitoring and Evaluation specialists, Hospital directors, implementing partners

Keywords: IPC, measurement, monitoring and evaluation, mHealth, TB

Objectives:

  • Describe the IPConnect tool and the various available modules
  • Explain the functionalities of IPConnect through a South African case example
  • Describe the adaptability of IPConnect and flexibility within each module to highlight the versatility of the platform for implementation in other countries

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe the various IPConnect modules and their importance for holistic IPC in a facility setting
  • Understand the success of IPConnect implementation in South Africa
  • Describe which elements of IPConnect would be best suited for their country’s specific IPC programming and understand the level of flexibility for country-specific adaptation

Moderator:

  • A N M Al Imran (URC) or Matsie Mphahlele (TB South Africa Project)

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II
  • Date and Time: September 2019 Week 3

Overview: The revised World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on tuberculosis infection prevention and control (IPC), include seven major recommendations within administrative controls, environmental controls and respiratory protection. These recommendations include triage of people with TB signs and symptoms, respiratory separation and isolation of people with presumed or demonstrated infectious TB, prompt initiation of effective TB treatment of people with TB disease, respiratory hygiene among people presumed or confirmed to have infectious TB, upper-room germicidal ultraviolet systems, natural and mixed-mode ventilation, and particulate respirator usage. This webinar aims to describe these recommendations, the strength of the recommendation and the certainty in the estimate of effects for each. Details regarding implementation of these recommendations will be discussed.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, Infection Prevention and Control focal points, implementing partners, policymakers

Keywords: WHO, IPC, TB, hospital-based infection prevention

Objectives:

  • Describe the updated WHO guidance on IPC
  • Describe the strength of each of the seven recommendations
  • Describe the certainty in the estimate of effects for each recommendation

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe the seven recommendations in the updated WHO IPC Guidance
  • Describe the strength of each recommendation and the certainty in the estimate of effects for each recommendation
  • Understand various aspects of implementation of the recommendations

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: September 2019 Week 4

Overview: Healthcare workers are at increased risk of acquiring TB and are thus considered a priority population. Infection prevention and control (IPC) programs should include interventions at all levels (managerial, administrative, environmental and personal respiratory protection) to reduce the risk of TB transmission among healthcare workers. As well, especially within administrative controls, IPC programs should include systems or processes to measure these interventions to understand the risk of TB transmission among healthcare workers compared to that of the general population, both to judge the effectiveness of TB control among healthcare workers and to understand the effectiveness of IPC programming in general. The webinar will discuss the FAST approach as a specific example of an administrative control which can reduce risk of TB infections among healthcare workers

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, Infection Prevention and Control focal points, implementing partners, policymakers

Keywords: IPC, TB, hospital-based infection prevention, healthcare workers, latent TB infection

Objectives:

  • Describe certain risk determinants of TB relevant to healthcare workers
  • Describe existing IPC interventions aimed at reducing risk of TB transmission among healthcare workers
  • Describe measurement methods for understanding healthcare worker TB incidence (infection and active disease) and for monitoring and evaluating general IPC program effectiveness

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe TB transmission risks which are relevant to healthcare workers
  • Describe IPC interventions relevant to healthcare workers
  • Describe measurement, monitoring and evaluation methods for IPC programs with a focus on healthcare worker TB infection and TB disease

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: October 2019 Week 1

Overview: The Finding cases Actively, Separating safely and Treating effectively (FAST) strategy is a set of administrative controls aimed at reducing nosocomial tuberculosis (TB) transmission. This webinar will describe the overall concepts behind FAST, the relevance of FAST to the recently updated WHO TB IPC guidelines, and some specific case examples of FAST implementation. Measurement, monitoring and evaluation of FAST will also be described.  The webinar will provide examples from FAST implementation from Bangladesh, South Africa, Vietnam and other countries.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, Infection Prevention and Control focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, implementing partners

Keywords: IPC, Administrative Controls, FAST, hospital-based infection control, monitoring and evaluation

Objectives:

  • Describe the FAST approach to infection control
  • Describe FAST in the context of updated WHO guidelines
  • Describe measurement, monitoring and evaluation of FAST

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe the concepts behind FAST
  • Describe measurement, monitoring and evaluation aspects of FAST
  • Understand how FAST concepts fit into the updated WHO guidelines

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: October 2019 Week 2

 

Overview: upper-room germicidal ultraviolet (UVGI) systems are an important aspect of a package of IPC interventions at the hospital level. UVGI is included in national IPC strategies and guidelines as an environmental control intervention which features prominently in updated WHO TB IPC guideline recommendations. This webinar aims to describe UVGI including operational, measurement, monitoring and evaluation aspects. As well, the webinar will discuss the use of split air-conditioning units in a facility setting and how UVGI can play a complimentary role in reducing facility-based TB transmission in these settings.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, Infection Prevention and Control focal points, policymakers, implementing partners

Keywords: IPC, environmental controls, hospital-based infection control, UVGI, air conditioning

Objectives:

  • Describe the concept of UVGI
  • Describe UVGI in the context of updated WHO guidelines
  • Describe split air conditioning units and the role of UVGI in reducing TB transmission in these settings

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe the concept of UVGI including implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Describe the relevant WHO guidelines
  • Describe split AC units, associated TB transmission risks and the role of UVGI in reducing TB transmission

Moderator:

  • Ed Nardell/Brigham and Women’s

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: October 2019 Week 3

 

Comprehensive Supportive Care for People with DR-TB

Overview: The Comprehensive supportive care package for people with DR-TB is a set of supportive interventions aimed at improving quality of patient care and at improving treatment outcomes among DR-TB patients. This package was developed by USAID funded TB CARE II project. The package includes 13 core elements and has a corresponding implementation guide which guides national-level TB program staff on choosing the elements most relevant to a given country setting. The care package is designed to frame existing supportive care elements and to help define new supportive care elements for DR-TB patients. This webinar aims to introduce the Comprehensive Supportive Care Package and to provide some country examples, especially in China, Pakistan, South Africa and Ukraine.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, DR-TB focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: DR-TB, supportive care package, TB, quality improvement, quality care

Objectives:

  • Describe the thirteen elements of the comprehensive supportive care package
  • Describe the implementation guide to assist countries in defining their specific set of supportive care services
  • Provide case examples for the various care package elements

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe the 13 care package elements
  • Use the implementation guide to define their specific country-level set of supportive care elements
  • Use country examples to inform their own implementation

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: June 2019 Week 1

Overview: The Comprehensive supportive care package for people with DR-TB is a set of supportive interventions aimed at improving quality of patient care and at improving treatment outcomes among DR-TB patients. The package includes 13 core elements and has a corresponding implementation guide which guides national-level TB program staff on choosing the elements most relevant to a given country setting. The care package is designed to frame existing supportive care elements and to help define new supportive care elements for DR-TB patients. This webinar focuses on results of a pilot implementation of the comprehensive supportive care package.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, DR-TB focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: DR-TB, supportive care package, TB, quality improvement, quality care

Objectives:

  • Provide specific case examples describing pilot implementation of the comprehensive supportive care package for people with DR-TB
  • Provide summary results and conclusions based on pilot implementation

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Understand the pilot results of the supportive care package and apply these lessons to country-level development of a comprehensive supportive care package for their specific context

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: June 2019 Week 1

Overview: The Comprehensive supportive care package for people with DR-TB is a set of supportive interventions aimed at improving quality of patient care and at improving treatment outcomes among DR-TB patients. The package includes 13 core elements and has a corresponding implementation guide which guides national-level TB program staff on choosing the elements most relevant to a given country setting. The care package is designed to frame existing supportive care elements and to help define new supportive care elements for DR-TB patients. This webinar focuses on implementing the care package in different country contexts and is focused on high-level NTP considerations for a successful enabling environment and policy design.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, DR-TB focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, implementing partners

Keywords: DR-TB, supportive care package, TB, quality improvement, quality care

Objectives:

  • Describe the comprehensive supportive care package in light of national-level and policy considerations for creating an enabling environment
  • Describe policy aspects of the supportive care package with a focus on how existing supportive services can be operationalized through the care package

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe the comprehensive supportive care package elements, especially those which require specific policies and enabling environments at the national level
  • Operationalize existing supportive services in the context of DR-TB patients

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: June 2019 Week 2

Overview: The Comprehensive supportive care package for people with DR-TB is a set of supportive interventions aimed at improving quality of patient care and at improving treatment outcomes among DR-TB patients. The package includes 13 core elements and has a corresponding implementation guide which guides national-level TB program staff on choosing the elements most relevant to a given country setting. The care package is designed to frame existing supportive care elements and to help define new supportive care elements for DR-TB patients. This webinar focuses on implementing the care package in different country contexts and is focused on the role of civil society in successfully implementing supportive DR-TB care.

Target Audience: Civil society leaders, DR-TB focal points, Monitoring and evaluation specialists, implementing partners

Keywords: civil society, DR-TB, supportive care package, TB, quality improvement, quality care

Objectives:

  • Describe the comprehensive supportive care package elements, especially those which focus on service delivery and civil society engagement
  • Describe how existing civil society engagement can be operationalized through the care package

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe the comprehensive supportive care package elements, especially those focused on civil society
  • Operationalize existing supportive services in the context of DR-TB patients

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: June 2019 Week 3

Overview: Quality of care remains a key consideration when implementing DR-TB services. In implementing the comprehensive supportive care package for people with DR-TB, it becomes essential to measure the quality of care DR-TB patients receive, and if this improves when implementing the supportive care package. This webinar describes some basic QI indicators for measuring patient experience and strategies for attributing treatment outcomes to quality improvement interventions such as the supportive care package. The webinar also discusses various elements of the QI manual developed by TB CARE II, including factors for developing a QI framework, strategies for setting quality measures and targets, and facility level quality improvement initiatives.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, DR-TB focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: DR-TB, supportive care package, TB, quality improvement, quality care, monitoring and evaluation

Objectives:

  • Describe QI indicators related to the comprehensive supportive care package with a focus on measurement methods used in the pilot implementation
  • Describe attribution of patient treatment outcomes to quality improvement interventions like the supportive care package

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe some basic QI indicators for measuring patient experience and other factors relevant to the supportive care package
  • Describe attribution of QI interventions to patient outcomes

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: June 2019 Week 4

Overview: The Comprehensive supportive care package for people with DR-TB is a set of supportive interventions aimed at improving quality of patient care and at improving treatment outcomes among DR-TB patients. The package includes 13 core elements and has a corresponding implementation guide which guides national-level TB program staff on choosing the elements most relevant to a given country setting. The care package is designed to frame existing supportive care elements and to help define new supportive care elements for DR-TB patients. This webinar focuses on ongoing results of the supportive care package, both within pilot countries and in additional high-burden DR-TB countries.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, DR-TB focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: DR-TB, supportive care package, TB, quality improvement, quality care

Objectives:

  • Provide summary results and conclusions based on ongoing implementation in pilot countries and other high-burden DR-TB countries

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Understand the ongoing results of the supportive care package and apply these lessons to country-level development of a comprehensive supportive care package for their specific context

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: Ongoing (periodical, maybe every 2 months)

 

Community-Based DR-TB Care

Overview: As countries establish and bring to scale DR-TB treatment programs, it becomes important to describe the different models of DR-TB care and their relative benefits. This webinar describes hospital-based, ambulatory and community-based care, with a focus on community-based DR-TB care. Using the Community-based DR-TB Care Guide for Implementers as a framework, the webinar will describe some best practices and operational considerations for DR-TB care provision.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, DR-TB focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: DR-TB, community-based, TB, quality improvement, quality care

Objectives:

  • Describe the different models of DR-TB care provision
  • Describe operational considerations for different models of DR-TB care

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe community-based, ambulatory and hospital-based DR-TB care models
  • Understand various operational considerations for the different DR-TB care models

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: August 2019 Week 2; 9a ET

Overview: As countries establish and bring to scale DR-TB treatment programs, it becomes important to describe the different models of DR-TB care and their relative benefits. This webinar describes hospital-based, ambulatory and community-based care, with a focus on community-based DR-TB care. Using the Community-based DR-TB Care Guide for Implementers as a framework, the webinar will describe best practices and operational considerations for community-based DR-TB care provision. Topics include a general overview, the aspects of community-based DR-TB care, DR-TB supporters, social support, adherence support, supply chain management, laboratory services, continuity of care, quality of care and monitoring and evaluation.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, DR-TB focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: DR-TB, community-based, TB, quality improvement, quality care

Objectives:

  • Describe the various aspects of community-based DR-TB care
  • Discuss operational aspects of community-based DR-TB care, both clinical and supportive aspects

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe the different components of community-based DR-TB care
  • Discuss operational considerations for implementing community-based DR-TB care, both clinical and supportive aspects

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: August 2019 Week 3

Overview: In light of the TB CARE II Community-based DR-TB Care Guide for Implementers, the TB CARE II project conducted a desk review to highlight progress over the last five years on patients receiving DR-TB care through community and decentralized approaches, focusing on treatment completion and other outcome data available. This webinar discusses the results of this desk review from the perspective of treatment outcomes and patient treatment experience.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, DR-TB focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: DR-TB, community-based, TB, quality improvement, quality care

Objectives:

  • Describe the results of a desk review to discuss available data surrounding community-based DR-TB care
  • Describe outcome results and other patient experience results to understand the improvement in various indicators attributable to community-based DR-TB care

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Understand available data surrounding community-based DR-TB care
  • Understand treatment outcome and patient experience results and their connection to community-based DR-TB care

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: August 2019 Week 4

 

Digital Technology for TB and DR-TB

Overview: Following the publication of a WHO handbook on digital technology for TB and DR-TB in January 2018 entitled “Handbook for the use of digital technologies to support tuberculosis medication adherence”, the TB CARE II project held a global consultation for the 10 NAP countries to exchange knowledge, to learn best practices within digital technology for TB and DR-TB, and to develop a national roadmap for implementation of digital technologies aimed at improving treatment adherence. A Guidance Document on “Digital Technology for a World Free of Tuberculosis” was also developed by the TB CARE II team to describe digital technologies relevant to NAP countries in TB control efforts and to offer a set of steps for implementing digital health for TB control. This webinar describes the overall set of steps for implementing digital health for TB control, including stakeholder identification, conducting a situational analysis, priority-setting, establishing cost-benefit analyses, integrating monitoring and evaluation frameworks, pilot testing, and setting a digital health agenda.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, mHealth focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: digital health, mHealth, TB, digital technologies

Objectives:

  • Introduce the WHO handbook on digital technology for TB and DR-TB
  • Describe the aspects of the Digital Technology for a World Free of Tuberculosis guidance document

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Understand the WHO handbook on digital technology for TB and DR-TB
  • Describe the various steps for implementing digital technology in their specific country context

Moderator:

  • A N M Al Imran

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: TBD

Overview: Following the publication of a WHO handbook on digital technology for TB and DR-TB in January 2018 entitled “Handbook for the use of digital technologies to support tuberculosis medication adherence”, the TB CARE II project held a global consultation for the 10 NAP countries to exchange knowledge, to learn best practices within digital technology for TB and DR-TB, and to develop a national roadmap for implementation of digital technologies aimed at improving treatment adherence. A Guidance Document on “Digital Technology for a World Free of Tuberculosis” was also developed by the TB CARE II team to describe digital technologies relevant to NAP countries in TB control efforts and to offer a set of steps for implementing digital health for TB control. This webinar focuses on the digital health agenda of the guidance document and provides specific examples of implementing a digital health agenda and setting a digital health roadmap at the national level.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, mHealth focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: digital health, mHealth, TB, digital technologies

Objectives:

  • Describe in detail the digital health agenda section of the Digital Technology for a World Free of Tuberculosis Guidance Document
  • Use specific examples to describe the process of creating a digital health roadmap at the national level

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Understand the aspects required for creating a digital health agenda
  • Leverage specific country examples to create a national-level digital health roadmap for implementation in their specific country setting

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: October 2019 Week 4

Overview: WHO, in its handbook on digital technology for TB and DR-TB, acknowledges numerous challenges to implementing sustainable and effective digital health approaches, chief among them including a lack of guidance on the evaluation of potential solutions, the purpose of digital solutions, and the targeting of these solutions at national and subnational levels of health systems. WHO presents a framework for addressing these challenges as described in the “digital health assessment”, which includes a country situational assessment, a stakeholder framework, a digital health activities framework, a gap and needs analysis of the TB patient pathway, and the development of a national digital health agenda. This webinar describes the WHO mHealth platform and its relevance to supporting wider use of digital technologies for adherence support and patient management.

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, mHealth focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: digital health, mHealth, TB, digital technologies

Objectives:

  • Describe the WHO digital technology handbook and mHealth platform
  • Describe the use of the WHO mHealth platform in supporting wider use of digital technologies for adherence support and patient management

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe the WHO digital technology handbook and mHealth platform, especially as they relate to the wider use of digital technologies for adherence support and patient management

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TBD

Date and Time: November 2019 Week 1

Overview: The topics of these webinars will rotate and will include various mHealth interventions like ConnecTB, VDOT and 99DOTS (patient management and adherence support) and IPConnect (infection prevention and control capacity building)

Target Audience: National TB Program Managers, mHealth focal points, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, clinicians, implementing partners, civil society

Keywords: digital health, mHealth, TB, digital technologies

Objectives:

  • Describe relevant mHealth interventions

Expected Outputs/Outcomes: After attending the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Describe relevant mHealth interventions and apply these to their specific country contexts

Moderator:

  • TBD

Facilitators:

  • TB CARE II

Date and Time: November 2019 Week 2