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  • Mikaela Coleman

Training for Tuberculosis Elimination in Indonesia

TB-CRE investigators partner with Indonesian and Australian institutions to provide TB training for seventy-six Indonesian healthcare professionals.



Achievements, Reflections, and Potential for Impact


Indonesia has the third highest tuberculosis (TB) caseload internationally. A cornerstone for strengthening health systems to respond to TB is a well-trained workforce. In a partnership between Indonesian and Australian institutions, TB training was run during 2018 to strengthen the local capacity to meet End TB strategy targets. Seventy-six Indonesian healthcare workers, program staff, researchers, and policymakers were selected from more than 800 applicants. The structure comprised three blocks of training, each with a pre-course workshop (in Indonesia) to identify learning needs, a two-week block (Australia), and a post-course workshop (Indonesia). The training content delivered was a combination of TB technical knowledge and program/project theory, design, and logic, and the training used multiple teaching and learning methods. An innovative element of the training was participant-designed TB workplace projects focusing on context-specific priorities. Evaluation was undertaken using participant surveys and appraisal of the projects. Participants rated the course highly, while success in project implementation varied. Reflections include the importance of involving Indonesian experts in delivery of training, the need to understand participant learning requirements and adapt the training content accordingly, and the challenge of measuring tangible training outputs.


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