USAID and WHO Train Turkmen Specialists on TB Infection Control
09 June 2023
From May 15 to June 9, 2023, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the World Health Organization Country Office (WHO CO) in Turkmenistan, and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan (MoHMIT), conducted a series of trainings on tuberculosis (TB) infection prevention and control to build the capacity of the TB and sanitary and epidemiology specialists of the MoHMIT in all five velayats of the country.
As part of the “Improved Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (DR-TB) in Central Asia” project, the participants learned about new guidelines, discussed risks associated with the spread of TB, and the hierarchy of TB infection control, including administrative, engineering, and respiratory protection measures. The training ended with the development of a TB control plan.
These efforts contribute to the implementation of the approved National Guidelines for TB infection. Through the implementation of these guidelines Turkmenistan aims to decrease the transmission of TB, while reducing TB illness and death as envisioned in the USAID's Global Tuberculosis (TB) Strategy and the WHO End TB Strategy.