This online training is based on the "Guide for providing technical support to TB laboratories in low- and middle-income countries", a publication of the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI), a working group of the Stop TB Partnership.

Who should take this course:

The guide is intended to familiarize those who are providing technical assistance to TB laboratories in low- and middle-income countries with WHO recommendations and international best practices, and may be used as a training resource for new TB laboratory consultants or as refresher training for established consultants prior to a technical assistance assignment. It may also be used as a reference for the latest resources and tools.

The training course is divided into the following sections according to the guide chapters and also includes a pre-training and post-course assessment which needs to be passed in order to complete the training.

Module 1: Background

WHO-recommended testing for diagnosing TB and detecting drug resistance; The TB laboratory network; Diagnostic algorithms; The TB Supranational Reference Laboratory Network.

Module 2: Key Technical Areas for Guidance

  • Procurement and supply-chain management;
  • Specimen collection, transportation, and reception;
  • Quality assurance;
  • Implementing quality management systems;
  • Safety in TB laboratories;
  • Implementing systems to manage laboratory data;
  • Human resources;
  • Linking laboratory services to TB care and treatment;
  • Strengthening the role of private laboratories;
  • Strategic planning for national TB laboratory networks;
  • Funding TB laboratories and services

Module 3: Providing technical assistance

Types of technical assistance; process for technical assistance.

Biosafety is the discipline addressing the safe handling and containment of infectious microorganisms and hazardous biological materials. This online training is based on the "Tuberculosis Laboratory Biosafety Manual (WHO, 2012)".

Who should take this course:

The training course intended for those who wish to implement the recommendations described in the "Tuberculosis Laboratory Biosafety Manual (WHO, 2012)". The training course is divided into the following sections according to the guide chapters and also includes a pre-training and post-course assessment which needs to be passed in order to complete the training.

In this online training, the learner will be introduced to:

  • Risk Assessment and classification of TB laboratories;
  • Personnel training, health monitoring and providing a safe environment for visitors to the TB laboratory;
  • Laboratory design to ensure a safe working environment;
  • Air handling and working in biological safety cabinets;
  • Procedures to minimise aerosol creation in the TB laboratory;
  • Waste handling and the use of disinfectants;
  • Emergencies and dealing with spills;
  • Internal audit as a systematic process to improve safety in the TB laboratory;
  • Biosafety Manual compilation. 

TB is one of the deadliest public health threats today, but there remains a lack of effective diagnostic tools. Although the incidence of TB worldwide is declining, the incidence of drug resistant TB is increasing, threatening TB control globally. WHO estimates there are approximately half a million cases of MDR-TB worldwide. Less than 20% of the incident MDR-TB cases are being diagnosed. The Xpert MTB/RIF is an automated diagnostic test that can identify TB and resistance to rifampicin (RIF) in unprocessed sputum in about two hours. The trainee who has successfully completed this training will be able to understand:


  • The extent of the TB epidemic and how MDR-TB is threatening TB control programmes;
  • The fundamentals of TB diagnostics and how the Xpert MTB/RIF test works;
  • How to request a Xpert MTB/RIF test, and how to interpret Xpert MTB/RIF test results; and in particular the TB diagnostic algorithm, and the role of the Xpert MTB/RIF test in the diagnosis and management of TB & MDR-TB.

FIND is committed to professionalism and respect for all individuals. FIND has a defined responsibility to confirm that all clinical studies are conducted in a manner that ensures protection of human subjects in accordance with national and international standards and requirements. FIND is also committed to identifying potential child exploitation and abuse.

Who should take this course:

This online training is MANDATORY for all FIND staff and consultants who work on human subjects research or who come into contact with patients and their families. This course outlines FIND’s policies and practices with regard to:

1. Human subjects protection

2. Identification of potential child abuse