To ensure sustainable and long-term impact in the fight against childhood tuberculosis, the Global TB Program is intimately involved in the development of young physicians and junior investigators in Houston and globally. The TB Program is assisting two GHC residents in developing TB-related research projects in Uganda and Lesotho. An AITRP fellow from Uganda in the Masters in Public Health program at UT School of Public health is conducting his master’s level practicum with the TB Program to evaluate the newly rolled out TB indicators at three BIPAI network sites (Swaziland, Lesotho, Tanzania) and assistance has been provided to two Papua New Guinean registrars from the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine and Health Sciences in the development of their postdoctoral projects in TB research. In addition, Dr. Mandalakas serves as a research mentor for two infectious disease fellows and ten global health core physicians working in five partner countries.
Childhood TB Training
From September 16-20, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa The Global Childhood TB Program conducted a network-wide childhood TB training focused on TB in HIV infected pediatric populations. International TB experts from The International Union Against TB and Lung Disease, the World Health Organization, Stellenbosch University, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention participated as lecturers and facilitators. Clinicians from the COEs, local, and National TB program partners attended. Post-training follow up is being conducted. This training consisted of small group discussions and lectures from subject matter experts with an audience of physicians, medical officers and nurses from the COES, in addition to NTP managers from six countries (Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho). The week concluded with a two-day operational research workshop. Subsequent trainings were performed by attendees to their specific country Ministries of Health, physicians, nurses, and other stakeholders. In Malawi, a lecture series focused on childhood TB was introduced to the weekly journal club meetings held at the clinic for staff. Gastric Aspirate training was performed at multiple clinic sites to physicians and nurses in Swaziland one week after the training conference. Inter-country trainings also resulted from the childhood TB training wherein a team of nurses from Botswana traveled to Lesotho to train nurses in sputum induction methods.
Baylor College of Medicine Global Health Resident
Children’s Health Screening in Orphanages
LeHigh University, Fulbright Scholar
Heather Highsmith Young
Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatric Infections Diseases Fellow
Malnutrition and TB
Baylor College of Medicine, Academic General Pediatrics Fellow
Monitoring and Evaluation of TB programming