Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis treatment unit evaluation, Niger

Assessment of environmental measures for infection control in 5 MDR-TB units in Niger. World Health Organization. May 2017

The evaluation focuses on the suitability of the Niamey, Tahoua, Maradi and Zinder units for the hospitalisation and treatment of patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. This involves checking whether the environmental measures for infection control are in place and proposing corrections and improvements. The structures were assessed according to an approach based on the mode of transmission of the disease. The main evaluation criteria are the renewal of the air inside the rooms, the distribution and the characteristics of the openings, the surface available for each patient, the relations of proximity between services, the flows, circulations and displacements of the patients, visitors and staff. Simple and effective infection control measures based on natural ventilation and appropriate space management were mentioned in the final recommendations. These measures will be integrated into the rehabilitation projects financed by the Global Fund and implemented by the NGO “Save the Children” and the Ministry of Health. (*multidrug-resistant tuberculosis)