Union launches field guide for the management of drug-resistant TB

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:17 p.m.

The Union launched a new technical resource on drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) management during a press conference on DR-TB at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, in The Hague, The Netherlands today (October 25).

The guide serves as a practical tool for health workers with the clinical and operational management of DR-TB, with a special focus on the introduction, implementation and management of a short treatment regimen (STR) for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

The Union’s expertise in the STR is based on the studies carried out in partnership with the Damien Foundation and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp in Bangladesh, Niger, Cameroon and Benin.

Several significant lessons were also learned through the observational study of this regimen in nine francophone African countries that The Union coordinated from 2013 to 2016.

Recommendations on the implementation of the STR are consistent with the World Health Organization rapid advice on key changes to treatment of MDR and rifampicin-resistant TB (RR-TB), issued August 2018.

The guide is available in print and online. Download the Field Guide for the Management of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis here.

Highlights from the guide include

Source: The Union