The guidelines begin by providing an overview of DR-TB in South Africa, including provincial data on confirmed cases MDR and XDR-TB cases between 2004 and 2010.
The document also briefly describes relevant national legislation protecting TB patients rights before outlining the structure of DR-TB management, including suggested staffing norms for both centralized and decentralized MDR-TB treatment and an organagram of decentralized treatment. As part of this, the guidelines provide brief summaries of the roles of individual health worker cadres.
The 172-page document also touches on infection control measures for patients at home and for health care workers conducting outreach visits, case-finding strategies and diagnostic principles.
Download the full guidelines:MDR-TB Clinical Guidelines (Updated Jan 2013)