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Pre-conference workshop highlights

20 Sep 2018

A full range of workshops will take place on Wednesday 24 October. All those wishing to attend workshops will be able to sign up onsite, and they are included in your conference registration fee.

Workshop highlights

Adapting and adopting the SORT IT model: making public health programmes data-rich, information-rich and action-rich
This is a one-day workshop on operational research, and translation of research and data into public health policy. The workshop will provide an overview of operational research, the SORT IT model of operational research capacity building and its innovations. This workshop is designed to show participants how health data and operational research can help in changing policy and practice in low- and middle-income countries. Read more…

Updated World Health Organization policies on the management of tuberculosis
Objectives of the workshop are to present the processes and methods applied by the WHO in the development of policy and to present updated WHO recommendations on the clinical and programmatic aspects of TB diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care. Read more…

Strategic case finding: find and treat people with tuberculosis who are missed by routine health systems
This workshop will familiarise participants with different tools and approaches to detect and treat the people with TB who are missed. Participants will also receive tailored guidance on using the KNCV’s Finding the Missing People with TB Guide and Stop TB’s Guides for planning, implementing and monitoring case detection interventions. Read more…

Delivering high-quality care to people with DR-TB: results and lessons learned from piloting a systematic, patient-centred supportive care package to improve outcomes in three countries
With such poor global performance in DR-TB treatment, it is time for more intensive and systematic efforts to help people with DR-TB reach cure. The workshop presents an approach that ensures patient autonomy and addresses individual needs while recognising health system constraints (human resources and funding). Read more…

Strengthened community systems, partnerships and responses to tuberculosis in Global Fund-supported programmes
This workshop will explore how national programmes are collaborating with communities to strengthen community responses and systems, core components of the WHO End TB Strategy and the Global Plan to End TB. Read more…

How universal health coverage and TB responses combine to end TB: lessons learnt from country-level experiences
At the past two Union Conferences, we discussed how it had been possible to bring about a 10 percent decline in TB incidence and what should be done to accelerate the current TB decline under the End TB Strategy. In the coming workshop, we will focus on the interrelationship between TB and UHC, and on discussions of experiences from countries that use the six building block health system model. Read more…

Joint GLI-GDI workshop on challenges to and opportunities from access to diagnostics, treatment and care
Through this workshop, the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) and the Global Drug-resistant TB Initiative (GDI) seek to explore the challenges encountered in countries, highlight the new tools for diagnosis, treatment and management of TB, including the management of drug resistance and TB-HIV, and above all, present existing approaches and strategies to ease and overcome these challenges. Read more…

Optimising tuberculosis care in challenging settings
The objective of this workshop is to identify the challenges that make it difficult to provide high-quality TB care in different settings and discuss possible lessons learnt using five case studies of field experiences. This workshop aims to look at all aspects of TB management, including the implementation of current policies and guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and patient care. Read more…

New imaging approaches for improving the diagnosis of paediatric intrathoracic TB and implications for research
This session will update clinicians on new imaging modalities, their support solutions and promising research directions. At the end of the session, there will be a roundtable for audience questions to generate further discussion on key gaps in research needed to improve TB diagnosis in children and to inform policies on the roles and limitations of the various diagnostic imaging modalities and support solutions in resource-limited and resource-rich settings. Read more…

Harnessing experiences from the introduction of BDQ, DLM and the STR to transform the quality of DR-TB management and prepare for future innovations in care
This workshop will share insights from countries that have expanded access to BDQ and DLM. Particular focus will be on learning from experience of implementing newer drugs to inform the introduction of future innovations, as well as how to ensure continued progress in transforming the quality of clinical care and aDSM to achieve better treatment outcomes. Read more…

Shifting the paradigm: the urgent need to implement human rights-based, community-driven responses to tuberculosis
This workshop will unpack the legal and policy barriers faced by people affected by TB and explore interventions that can reduce the impact of these barriers. The experiences of TB survivors and marginalised TB populations will be central to this process. Read more…

Ethnicity and health: building intercultural solutions for equitable TB care with indigenous peoples―locally and in the Americas

The goal of this workshop is to bring together persons working in the field of TB among indigenous peoples to improve TB care, increase community ownership and end TB among indigenous peoples. Read more…

Using knowledge from pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) to support WHO TB treatment guidelines
The workshop will feature keynote speakers giving an overview of the role of the PK/PD sciences in chemotherapeutics, optimisation of traditional regimens and redefining susceptibility breakpoints for the treatment of TB in adults and other special populations, including pregnant women, children and patients with diabetes mellitus. Experts in the field will present and review the latest evidence to support decision-making for both patient care in the clinic and for TB programme management in the field, at local and state levels. Read more…

Bedaquiline and delamanid in MDR-TB patients―new insights from implementation in a multi-country project
This workshop will bring together experts from several countries and their technical partners to discuss the current WHO recommendations and the latest evidence and experience from End TB projects on the use of BDQ and DLM in different types of patients. Read more…

MATCH: a data-driven approach for enabling decisions to protect the right to access tuberculosis care
After the workshop, participants are expected 1) to appreciate the importance of using subnational data to effectively understand and interpret the main gaps and challenges in their TB programme; 2) to be able to interpret and evaluate health maps; 3) to describe and interpret spatial patterns (such as hotspots) of health indicators and epidemiological data; and 4) to understand data triangulation from various sources to explain variations in TB notifications and suggest appropriate actions. Read more…

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