Implementing the End TB strategy and the vision of TB elimination: 
skills for managers and consultants

May 3 - 16, 2020 
September 20 - October 3, 2020

The Sondalo training courses were updated to capture the content of the End TB Strategy and its Targets, the WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB (Moscow, Nov 2017) and the 2018 UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis.

Below the international TB training courses logistically supported by PHCG in 2020:

• The second course on TB Elimination (“TB Elimination in the frame of the End TB Strategy: a practical course”) (Cepina, Italy, September 6 - 12, 2020): the goal of the training course is to develop the necessary skills to plan, implement and evaluate a TB Elimination programme, based on the End TB Strategy.
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• New simulation-based educational activities focused on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Global Health (GH) are under development.

• The “Sondalo course” (two per year) (“Implementing the End TB strategy and the vision of TB elimination: skills for managers and consultants”). The overall goal of the training course is to further develop the necessary skills to plan, implement and evaluate a TB control programme, based on the End TB Strategy, with a special focus towards the ambitious perspective of TB Elimination. The course uses innovative approaches, being centred around Fictitia (a fictitious country in which all consultancy activities take place); it is interactive and exercise-based, being a mixture of presentations, exercises, workshops, site visits and role plays based on data from Fictitia.

The Sondalo course is composed of three parts. 
Part 1: Introduction. 
This part includes presentation of aim and goals, and all the preliminary aspects related to the preparation of a mission to Countries and to the Report to the funding Agency. Relevant units on 1)TB Elimination (focus on Latent TB Infection), 2) TB in migrants and vulnerable populations have been included along as a unit on M&E evaluation of treatment outcomes and identification of drivers (enhancing the R&R unit).
Part 2: Implementation of the End TB Strategy 
This part revises in a practical and interactive manner how to implement the three Pillars of the End-TB Strategy (I: High quality, integrated TB Care and Prevention; II: Bold Policies and supportive systems; III: Intensified research and Innovation). After showing the evolution of the WHO Strategies over time, the course guides the participant to understand, promote and implement the three pillars of the End-TB Strategy. Moving from the core technical interventions (early diagnosis- including universal drug susceptibility testing, systematic screening of contacts and high risk groups; treatment of all people- including those affected by drug-resistant TB ad co-infected by HIV, and those with co-morbidities and prevention interventions), the course goes deeply into policies and supportive systems (political commitment and adequate resources; engagement of communities, civil society organizations and public and private providers; universal health coverage and policy frameworks for case-notifications, vital registration, drug quality, rational use of drugs and diagnostics and infection control; social protection and poverty alleviation) to finally discuss the process supporting discovery, development and rapid uptake of new diagnostics and drugs as well as interventions and strategies. Drug management and E-/M-Health are also discussed. Finally, participants will be guided to: 1) use the WHO Planning toolkit for TB control, developed to help countries to design core plan, budget plan, M&E plan, operational plan and technical assistance plan. 2) interact with the new GF funding model and concept note. They will draft a National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Fictitia. 
Part 3: Debriefing evaluation of report, course evaluation.
It includes evaluation of the Reports on the mission to Fictitia (participants will be asked to produce on site), debriefing and the evaluation of the whole training course.
Target Audience
This course is designed for individuals responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating TB and MDR-TB control activities, within the framework of the implementation of the new WHO Strategy, at national and sub-national level. They might be managers of TB/MDR-TB and HIV programmes at the national or sub-national level or staff otherwise involved in control programmes at national or sub-national level (Ministry of Health staff, staff of international agencies involved in TB/MDR-TB/HIV control, leading national experts and opinion-leaders involved in TB/MDR-TB/HIV prevention, diagnosis and care). This training course has been globally recognized and recommended as one of the best and complete training packages available on TB and TB/HIV management and control, giving a wide perspective on many different, updated hot topics (being also officially recognized as a pre-requisite to be enrolled in the TBTEAM experts roster).  

Training Venue
: Hotel Cepina, Cepina (SO), Northern Italy (160 km from Milan)  

Language: English 

Application deadlines: March 10, 2020 (for May course) -  August 10, 2020 (for September course)
Payment deadlines: April 10, 2020 (for May course) August 30, 2020 (for September course)

NOTE: Important Update
Based on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak situation at global level, and the strict regulations taken by various Governments, the Sondalo May 2020 course has been cancelled and people registered have been redirected to the September course. 

 September course will be held from 20 September to 3 October 2020

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