Standardizing TB service delivery in PNG

PNG’s National Department of Health through its National TB Programme in partnership with WHO has successfully completed two batches of Training of Trainers (TOT) using new standardized training modules for TB and drug resistant TB (DR-TB).

This TOT will help in nationwide capacity building of the trainers who in turn will roll out similar trainings at the provincial level.

A total of 68 participants from the 22 provinces of PNG, attended the TOT in Port Moresby from 9th to 17th October and 23rd to 31st October respectively. Participants included physicians and health workers from the Provincial Health Authorities and hospitals, and partners in the TB response including World Vision, Oil Search Foundation, Population Services International (PSI), Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and FHI360.

“This training will enhance capacity and improve the quality of the TB and Drug resistant TB service delivery in PNG,” said Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Country Representative to PNG.

Dr Luo said this was an example of enhancing human capacity to improve quality of public health service delivery through standardized training approach.

WHO technically supported the revisions of the National Tuberculosis Management Protocol and Standard Operating Procedures- Management of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis as well as the development of the standardized training modules for TB and DR-TB, in line with the latest WHO recommendations and newer developments contextualized to the country needs.