Tuberculosis remains the leading cause of death from an infectious disease worldwide. With the targets of the WHO End TB Strategy set, the need for effective prevention and treatment is even more urgent. Despite the many challenges faced in tuberculosis research, including low capacity for human efficacy testing of vaccines, multidrug-resistance, and poor links between diagnosis and treatment of patients with tuberculosis.

There is a need to educate community members about TB as an infectious TB. The importance of immediate diagnosis is key in dealing with mortality and morbidity of TB. Community members need to be equipped regarding TB disease, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, adherence, and the relationship between HIV and TB.

Who Should Enrol

The course is developed for and aimed at non-professionals working in health care facilities and in the community.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the communication process with individuals and groups to generate an understanding of TB as a communicable disease.
  • Describe the causes and effects of infectious diseases such as including its definition, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, adherence to treatment as well as its relationship with HIV.
  • Discuss the engagement with individuals and groups to encourage behaviour change.

Course Design

This is an eLearning course.

Course Content

The following modules are included in this short course:

  1. Introduction and epidemiology
  2. Diagnosis of TB
  3. Treatment of TB
  4. Prevention of TB
  5. Adherence to treatment
  6. TB and HIV


Participants are assessed by means of multiple-choice questionnaires at the end of each module. In order to be successful, a pass rate of 50% is required.


FPD will award successful participants with a certificate on completion of this course should they successfully complete the assessment process.

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