RID-TB Patient Education and Counselling

Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis through Patient-centred Education and Counselling (PEC)

Image: The TB PALS team, front row (left to right): Allan Kuma (lead Counsellor), Emmanuel Lau, Lucy Dai, and Ethel Pamumum. Back row (left to right) Donald Lance Kila and George Maruse.

Our aim is to accelerate change through interventions that are informed driven by the local stakeholders and community. Burnet has a major focus on building local health worker capacity and strengthening systems to sustain the response.

We are engaging and empowering the TB affected community through a pilot model of patient education and counselling (PEC) that trains a team of peer-counsellors or “TB-PALS” (People Affected by, Living with, or having Survived TB).

This team will use a patient-centred approach to provide psycho-emotional support, facilitate adherence to treatment and promote well-being. The model of care will integrate with facility and community-based delivery systems for both drug-sensitive (DS-TB) and drug-resistant (DR-TB) care and prevention that the Burnet Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant TB (RID-TB) project supports.

The pilot model of PEC care will focus on DR-TB due to the complexity (side effects, length) of this disease and increased impact of social and emotional issues for patients. The education and counselling services this project provides will aim to reduce the impact of social and emotional issues on TB patients and their families, promote patient retention in care to enable cure from TB disease. This will ultimately contribute to a reduction in TB transmission.




  • Provincial Health Office, Western Province, PNG
  • National Department of Health, PNG
  • World Vision International
  • Health and HIV Implementation Service Provider (HHISP)
  • South Fly District Health Service , PNG
  • Daru General Hospital, PNG


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Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

James Lawson

PNG Country Program Manager and Program Manager, Health Security