TB Support

SPC/ TB Section

TB Support
A service which gives national TB staff access to expert TB clinical advice


The TB treatment and support network is an activity funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. It is funded under the Pacific Multi-country Programs Round 7 TB Grant. The TB treatment and support network will comprise a listserv which will be moderated by professional staff from SPC’s TB Section. Two expert consultants will be available (by e-mail) to provide clinical advice on any case of TB (but in particular the patients mentioned under scope). The consultants are Dr Rick Stapledon and Dr Anastasios (Tom) Konstantinos. They both currently work in TB programs in Australia; Dr Stapledon in South Australia and Dr Konstantinos in Queensland. They have many years of experience in treating TB patients (including MDR-TB patients), are experienced in TB program  management  and have also worked in the Pacific, so they bring a great deal of experience to this initiative.


The objective of the TB treatment and support network is to provide high level clinical advice to National TB Program staff in Pacific island countries and territories on aspects of the care, treatment, management and follow up of cases of TB, including retreatment cases, TB/ HIV co-infected cases and cases of drug resistant TB.


National TB Program Managers and others involved in the care of TB patients will be encouraged to e-mail the network for all TB cases who have:
•    suspected and/or confirmed drug resistant TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB, or
•    TB/HIV co-infection, and
•    any other TB cases that require expert assistance beyond that which is available locally (i.e. retreatment cases).


When posting to the network, National TB Program staff will be asked to provide a brief clinical history of the case, (including dates of sputum specimens sent), the age and gender of the patient, history of previous TB treatment and any other information that might be considered useful for clinical decision making (i.e. co-morbidities). The patient should be identified by their initials only and the patient’s confidentiality should be strictly preserved. At no time should the patient’s name be used in an e-mail conversation. Should staff desire to send photos of chest x-rays they can do so, provided that the name of the patient is blocked out on the x-ray. Files larger than 2MB are not supported by SPC’s e-mail system, so if larger files need to be sent please let SPC staff know. In addition, we suggest that there is a discussion locally about the TB case before posting to the network so that all parties have been consulted and are aware of the need to consult externally.

How to join:

To join the listerv you will need to go to the following page and enter your e-mail address and a password:
Your subscription will then be activated by someone at SPC.  

How to access expert advice:

The listserv will be an e-mail list, so to ask a clinician a question all you need to do is e-mail this address:
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For the French speaking staff, we will aim to get responses to you in French.

Your question will then be passed on to a consultant who can respond within a short period of time. We will aim to get a response back to people as soon as possible.

If the e-mail system is down and you need assistance urgently you can phone SPC’s TB Section on +687 262 000 and ask for a TB Section staff member (Dr Janet O’Connor, Dr Axel Wiegandt or Ms Kerri Viney). They will then follow up with a consultant by phone and get back to you with a response.

Mise à jour le Mardi, 06 Juillet 2010 09:46