Operational guidance on service delivery to TB patients (drug-susceptible and drug-resistant) during the COVID-19 pandemic
Abstract: To support TB patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical both to patients and the healthcare system to minimize visits to health facilities. Below, we outline key adaptations to the TB care service delivery that should be considered to reduce health facility visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance prioritizes how to provide uninterrupted TB treatment in resource constrained health systems with a high burden of TB. In addition to outlining recommended service delivery approaches for drugsusceptible (DS-TB) and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) patients, guidance on additional areas (including patient support, contact tracing, provision of the influenza vaccine, differentiating TB from COVID-19 and telephonic monitoring) is provided.
Author(s): Infectious Disease Society of Southern Africa
Resource Type: Guidance and Tools