TUBIDU focuses on prevention of tuberculosis among injecting drug users and on developing community-based interventions.
A survey on tuberculosis will be conducted among injecting drug users, trainings will be organised for specialists in various areas, and information materials and guidance for prevention of tuberculosis will be distributed among community-based organisations.
All the activities in project TUBIDU are divided into work packages.
Actions undertaken in work packages 1-3 have been initiated to administrate the project and to make sure that it is implemented as planned.
- Project (financial) administration and project professional activities coordination are covered in WP 1: coordination of the project.
- Dissemination of the results and deliverables of the project will be made available to the target groups in the framework of WP 2: dissemination of the project, using the web-site, press-releases, e-lists, direct posting, and presentations on national and international seminars etc.
- In addition to that, to verify if the project is being implemented as planned and reaches the objectives, progress reports, overall evaluation of the project and financial reports will be prepared and submitted in framework of WP 3: evaluation of the project.
- Enhancing horizontal, vertical and cross-border collaboration in the field of TB, injecting drug use and HIV.
- In the framework of WP4 the national and international network has been established to perform a desk review of the TB situation among vulnerable groups in the partner countries.
- Transnational and national network meetings and study tours to partner countries take place in order to improve collaboration in national and international level and to exchange experiences and best-practices. Through the international networks and collaborations international evidence and experience will be discussed and distributed. This will increase synergy and commitment on both services and policy level.
- Report on TB and HIV situation among vulnerable groups in the project area.
- Describing the TB and HIV related knowledge and behavior, identifying the barriers to access to TB and HIV related health care services among IDUs and PLHIV. Both, quantitative and qualitative study, will be carried out in partner countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria and Estonia.
- Qualitative study will use focus groups interviews of vulnerable groups and services providers to identify TB related knowledge and barriers related to access to TB and HIV services on both patient and provider level. The results will be used in the next step in quantitative research.
- Quantitative study will be carried out among IDUs and PLHIV. Study will use self-administered questionnaire to collect data on TB and HIV related knowledge and behaviors, practices and barriers related to TB and HIV related health care services among IDUs and PLHIV. At the end of the project a follow up study with smaller sample size will be conducted in selected locations in project partner countries to evaluate the increase in TB knowledge among vulnerable groups.
- Through the studies a better understanding of the situation in the partner countries will be gained. This is necessary in order to plan future activities.
- Study report on TB and HIV related knowledge and behaviors in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Romania.
- Raising the awareness of TB and HIV related prevention, treatment and care among vulnerable groups and PLHIV, general population and professionals on services and policy level.
- Several information channels will be developed and distributed to IDUs and PLHIV and general population.
- Information materials, that will be developed in the framework of WP 6:
- Brochure with detailed information about TB, other lung health issues and related health care services for IDUs and PLHIV
- Brochure with detailed information about TB and related health care services for CBOs personnel
- Information leaflet about TB for general population
- Set on information materials for displaying in websites (CBOs, patient organizations, professional societies, public health institutions, web-sites for general population, etc)
- Interviews and talk-shows in local radio channels.
- All materials will be developed culture and sub-group sensitive, taking into account the special problems faced by ethnic minorities, women and youth.
- Information booklets and leaflets with basic information on TB for vulnerable groups, general population, and professionals.
- Raising the awareness of TB and HIV among community based organizations and health care and public health institutions personnel.
- One of the main aims of the trainings is to increase the skills of participants in collaboration and client management. Thus professionals from different institutions (both community based and health care) will be encouraged to participate in the same trainings and the issues covered will be cross-cutting – including themes like early case findings, early access to integrated treatment, effective case management, referrals, and contact tracing.
- The trainings will be public health oriented and clinical issues will be discussed minimally (only as much as they are relevant to the understanding of the background). The international trainings will partly serve as trainers' trainings and the participants are expected to participate as trainers in local trainings.
- Detailed training materials and program for community based organizations, health and social care workers. Recommendations for professional education and continuous training contents for specialists.
- Developing guidance for TB-prevention activities for community based organizations working with IDUs and PLHIV and providing recommendations for policy makers on future actions in the field.
- Based on the results gained in desk review, research and relevant international guidance (WHO and ECDC) country- and setting-specific guidance for TB infection control and intensified case finding in community based organizations working with IDUs and PLHIV will be developed which include proposals for specific activities. The guidance will serve as a starting point for elaborating recommendations for national public health programs on provision of TB services for IDUs on country level.
- Guidance will be introduced at the closing meeting of the project and in local network meetings in all partner countries and other upcoming European events targeting policy makers and public authorities.
- Guidelines provide guidance on TB infection control and intensified case finding in community based organizations working with IDUs and they include guidelines for monitoring and evaluation of these activities.