MDR-TB-Course

WMA educational resources on the Net


Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is difficult to treat and there exists a significant lack of  information about this infectious disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) developed the Stop TB Strategy and guidelines on how to prevent, control and treat MDR-TB by using available data worldwide.

Guidelines, however, are theoretical knowledge that are not always easy to put into practice. The WMA therefore volunteered to produce a learning programme for the MDR-TB Guidelines. The course was updated together with the new WHO MDR-TB strategy in 2010.

This MDR-TB online course exists as a free self-learning online tool in English and Mandarin Chinese allowing physicians worldwide to learn and test their knowledge about MDR-TB. It is accredited by the South African Medical Association and the Norwegian Medical Association and will therefore be recognised throughout Europe.

A tablet application of the MDR TB course was developed to scale-up the education and skills of health care workers globally to detect, treat and care for MDR-TB patients. Especially in low-resource countries, internet access is not always available or stable to access the MDR-TB online course. The Android and iTune apps can be downloaded and viewed offline and have been developed primarily for use on tablet computers. This application of the MDR-TB course was developed with the support of the Stop TB Department of the World Health Organization (WHO).

To increase the access to MDR-TB training globally, a PDF version of the course has been translated into French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Azeri. The course is written by the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute and supported by the MDR-TB partnership.

Click here to access the MDR-TB Online Course: Treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in English and Chinese

Click here to access the Android app of the MDR-TB Online Course, or search for MDR-TB course

Click here to access the iTunes app of the MDR-TB Online Course, or search for MDR-TB course

Click here to access the TB refresher course

  • Download the PDF version of the MDR-TB course in English
  • Download the pdf version of the MDR-TB course in French
  • Download the pdf version of the MDR-TB course in Spanish
  • Download the pdf version of the MDR-TB course in Azeri
  • Download the pdf version of the MDR-TB course in Chinese

These versions have not been accredited.