Afrique Jet (03.27.13)
Aids Weekly Plus
The World Health Organization (WHO), in association with the World Medical Association (WMA), has launched a new application for tablet computers that provides physicians, especially in developing countries, access to a training course on the treatment of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB). According to Dr. Otmar Kloiber, WMA’s secretary general, the application allows physicians the flexibility to access the course information at any time. He described it as a very exciting development that would help physicians around the world improve their knowledge and skills in diagnosing and treating MDR TB patients without having to go to the Internet. Kloiber noted that since the course is portable and can be accessed offline, it can be a great benefit, especially for physicians working in poorer countries of the world where most TB cases are found.
The application contains eight training modules, which make up WMA’s course on MDR TB. It is meant as an introduction to MDR TB management and is consistent with the WHO Stop TB strategy. At present, MDR TB treatment takes two years and the drugs cause several side effects. According to WHO, there were an estimated 630,000 MDR TB cases in 2011.