Kenya Embarks on Innovative Paediatric TB Training Journey
The Division of National Tuberculosis (TB), Leprosy and Lung Disease Program in collaboration with USAID CHS TB ARC II is training trainers on the Simplified Paediatric Diagnostic Algorithm and Shorter-term Paediatric Regimen which will be rolled out in the country soon.
In the dynamic landscape of TB management, the training of trainers on the Algorithm and Regimen is an essential step toward enhancing the efficacy of TB care among children in Kenya.
The Program envisions to equip the trainers with the knowledge and skills to effectively streamline diagnostic and treatment approaches. The training will empower a cadre of experts who will cascade this critical information to healthcare professionals across the country. This will ensure that the latest advancements in TB care reach the grassroots level, where the impact is most profound.
According to Dr. Farida Geteri, Paediatric focal person at the Program, the new Simplified Diagnostic Algorithm offers a transformative shift in the identification of TB cases, simplifying the process without compromising accuracy.
“It is pivotal to train trainers to navigate this algorithm effectively so that healthcare providers at all levels can swiftly and accurately diagnose paediatric TB cases,” she says.
Early and accurate diagnosis is key to effective TB management, enabling timely initiation of treatment and reducing the risk of transmission. By building a pool of trainers, the Program will create a ripple effect that permeates the entire healthcare system across the country. This will enhance the overall efficiency and responsiveness in addressing TB cases in our communities.
In addition, the introduction of the Shorter-term Paediatric Regimen marks a significant stride in paediatric TB care in the country. As a new intervention, it will streamline treatment duration and minimize potential side effects.
Dr. Geteri adds that it is crucial to train TOTs on the intricacies of the new regimen to ensure its seamless integration into paediatric healthcare practices.
“Through the training, the Program will not only optimize treatment outcomes for young TB clients but also foster a culture of continuous learning within the healthcare community and laying the groundwork for sustained improvements in paediatric TB care across Kenya.
The participants include County TB and Leprosy Coordinators (CTLCs), Paediatricians, Medical and Clinical Officers from Paediatric departments across counties. USAID TB ARC II project supports the five-day training which is running at Lake Naivasha Resort in Nakuru county.