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Towards Elimination of Tuberculosis in the Middle East Region

Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:41 Written by 
  • Location(s): Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Health
  • SDG(s): 3. Good health and wellbeing
  • Locations in the Arab States: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Qatar, Near East and North Africa, Oman, Iran
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Health
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 3. Good health and wellbeing
  • Types of ComSec Solutions: Solution

Refugee and migrants’ situation in the country negatively influenced by the epidemic nature of tuberculosis (TB) and other communicable diseases. The END TB strategy from WHO is one of the solutions to adapt and apply on the ground. JICA’s trainings intend to promote the solution of TB in collaboration with the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) where other countries’ NTP workers and representatives of Health Ministries were invited. 

Specifically, since 2015 JICA has been providing four weeks training opportunities in collaboration with the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) in Egypt to:

  • Update the knowledge of Tuberculosis and its control;
  • Improve analytical skills necessary for the situation for TB control;
  • Develop skills to improve the TB recording and reporting system in their own responsible areas;
  • Improve their knowledge of TB infection control;
  • Improve their knowledge in strategic planning for TB control;
  • Improve their knowledge and skills in supervision and TB control activities;
  • Improve their knowledge of M/XDR TB management;
  • Improve their knowledge of TB Drug management; and
  • Improve their knowledge in Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM).

JICA invited the other countries’ NTP workers and Minister of Health officers.

The trainings are conducted as a group training for administration and medical personnel with site visits and based on the WHO guidelines for TB care. Dissemination of the proper information for both the Ministry of Health officers and medical workers enriches the quality of the guidelines they are updating. It allows them to treat TB patients in a standardized manner properly.


Through this training opportunity, technical capacities and a strong multi-country network of health workers from several nations were enhanced and constructed to act efficiently in less time.   

With the help of up to dated information and knowledge obtained through this training of the JICA project, training participants improved their qualification to catch up with recent TB and other communicable diseases’ developments, like e.g.: JICA ex-trainees were involved with National TB policy planning in Sudan.

This similar training course has been conducted since 2008, and accepted 169 trainees till 2018 from Iraq, Palestine Authority, Oman, Sudan, South Sudan, Jordan, Tunisia, Djibouti, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Regional cooperation must be considered as an important factor to tackle communicable diseases. In this context, participation from several countries (from the same region) is recommendable in order to foster the synergies among the ME region.

Partners: JICA; Ministry of Health/Government of Egypt; 

Budget: USD 80,000/Year (20 trainees, 4 weeks)

Contact details:
Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA) Egypt
Atsushi Kono
Project Formulation Advisor
JICA Egypt Office
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