Axshya provides support for capacity building of healthcare professionals, including technical staff and programme managers, working closely with the national programme. As part of its education and training initiatives, the project conducts the following courses:

Clinical Management of DR-TB course:

To cope with its high MDR-TB burden, one of the vital areas for TB control in India is the training of clinicians managing drug-resistant TB cases based on the newest scientific evidence. The Union conducts courses on ‘Clinical Management of Drug-Resistant TB’ in several countries across the world and in India, through the support of Project Axshya. The courses aim to train Specialist Physicians working closely with RNTCP and providing clinical care to patients with DR-TB, especially in diagnosis and treatment; to ensure that they follow the rules of the RNTCP MDR-TB Guidelines; and to create a pool of master trainers at the National level who will serve as resource persons for similar capacity building courses for clinicians at the state/district levels.

TB epidemiology course:

Axshya conducts courses on TB Epidemiology for medical officers, researchers and programme managers. Attended by RNTCP officials, WHO RNTCP consultants and postgraduate students of preventive and social medicine, the course facilitated by eminent TB epidemiologists consists of three components — TB Diagnosis, TB Epidemiology and TB treatment and care. TB course was conducted in LRS Institute from 5-16 May 2014. The course was facilitated by Prof. Hans Reider and participated by 25 Medical Officers nominated by the Central TB Division.

Operational Research training programme:

Axshya, in collaboration with Central TB Division, WHO India, CDC Atlanta and National TB Institute, Bangalore, conducts a Operational Research (OR) training course. The objectives are to train participants on identification of OR questions, protocol development, data collection, data analysis, paper writing and publication. The course is conducted in 2 modules – module 1, which focusses on protocol development and data collection and module 2 which focusses on data analysis, manuscript writing and publication. Participants obtain ethics approval from The Union EAG and local ethics committee and publish their studies in peer reviewed journals.TB operational research course on module 1 and 2 was conducted in NTI Bangalore from 22 September to 2nd October 2014, participated by 20 participants including Medical Officers, WHO consultants and SR partners.

Leadership and Management course:

Management Development Programme training on Leadership and Management for TB control was held from 19-23 January 2015 in Bangalore attended by State and District TB programme managers, Nodal Officers and Axshya Project Managers. The course has offered participants to undertake self-assessment of their leadership and managerial styles, identify strengths and weaknesses and develop skills in strategic leadership and management roles and functions in tuberculosis control programme. Operations Research Capacity Building workshop and Project Mentorship for Professionals working with Revised National TB Control Programme.