Social protection for people affected by tuberculosis: an introduction

Although social protection is a human right, most of the global population is not yet covered by any form of social protection, leaving billions of people outside the welfare system.

Social protection and poverty alleviation are also key components of the End TB Strategy; however, most countries are not yet including social protection in the programmatic response to TB in a comprehensive and sustainable way.

This course will introduce you to the concept of social protection, its role in ending the TB epidemic, the different forms of social protection, and the evidence for the impact on TB.

Self-paced
Language: English
Intermediate (Intermediaire), Tuberculosis

Course information

Overview: This e-learning course was developed by WHO. It is a self-paced online course that builds on the WHO guidance on social protection for people affected by tuberculosis (2024).

Course duration: About 1 hour.

Certificate: At the end of the course, you can download a certificate of participation.

Course version: This is “Version 1.0” of this online course. At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to share your feedback in a course evaluation survey. Please take the time to share your experience and opinions. Your feedback will be used to refine and update the course in order to produce a “Version 2.0”.

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What you'll learn

  • describe the concepts and definitions used in social protection
  • outline the determinants of TB and their impact on the global response
  • explain the role of social protection in the context of the End TB strategy
  • compare TB-sensitive and TB-specific approaches for implementing social protection for people affected by TB
  • summarize the key evidence on the potential impact of social protection on the TB epidemic

Who this course is for

  • This e-learning course was developed to provide essential knowledge for anyone interested in social protection in general and for people affected by tuberculosis. Therefore, the course may be of interest to ministries of health, other ministries, national TB programmes, technical agencies, NGOs, consultants, WHO staff, and health workers.

Course contents

  • Course introduction

  • Module 1: Social protection for people affected by TB – introduction:

    This module addresses the concept of social protection and its role in TB care and prevention.
  • End of course

  • End of course evaluation

  • Acknowledgments

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 80% of the course material.