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Article on QAP's Tuberculosis Case Management CD-ROM Appears in Tech Trends

An article describing the development of QAP's Tuberculosis Case Management CD-ROM has been published in the March/April 2001 issue of Tech Trends, the journal of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. The article was co-authored by Elisa Knebel and Jennifer Kolodner, QAP staff members.

Tuberculosis has emerged as the leading cause of death from an infectious agent, with three million TB-related deaths and nine million new cases occurring each year. In developing countries, problems such as inadequate health delivery systems, crowding and malnutrition, the emergence of HIV, and a complicated screening process have converged to make the problem particularly acute. Although an effective tuberculosis treatment program is available, traditional off-site classroom training has not met the need of providers in developing countries, who are often isolated and faced with high transportation costs and long travel distances, note Knebel and Kolodner. To address the problem, the Quality Assurance Project, in close cooperation with TB experts from the World Health Organization, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other internationally recognized health institutions, developed the Tuberculosis Case Management CD-ROM, a tool for health practitioners to self instruct at their workplace. The authors noted that although there were obstacles and challenges in developing a product to meet the needs of health providers in resource-poor working conditions, the challenges were outweighed by the satisfaction of creating a pioneering interactive computer learning tool. (The Quality Assurance Project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is managed by Center for Human Services (CHS), the non-profit affiliate of University Research Co., LLC of Bethesda, MD).  Find out more about QAP's Tuberculosis Case Management CD-ROM

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