URC Participates in 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health

URC is participating in the 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health from November 13-17, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In many of the 22 countries that account for more than 80% of TB cases worldwide, URC is supporting national TB programs through integrated and innovative approaches to address systemic barriers to effective prevention and treatment. We support interventions to scale up access to TB diagnostics and laboratories, improve the quality of supervision, and alleviate the human resources crisis by building the capacity of health workers. We are also working with policy-makers, program managers, and community organizations to address the growing problem of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively drug resistant (XDR-TB) cases.

The conference provides an opportunity to share our TB work with the thousands of health care professionals, researchers, and advocates in attendance. Below is a list of our activities. Be a part of the conversation on Twitter @urcchs using #kuala2012.

EXHIBITION

Booth #48: University Research Co., LLC
Wednesday, November 14 – Saturday, November 17, open all day

Connect with our staff and learn about our TB work in Bangladesh, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, and Vietnam.

ORAL ABSTRACT SESSION

Feasibility and reliability of mobile health application as an innovative M&E tool for TB contact tracing in eThekwini District, South Africa
Saturday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Hall 1
Presented by Claudio Marra
Session #13: TB outbreaks and contact investigations

POSTER DISCUSSION SESSIONS

Expanding continuing medical education for TB through online training in Indonesia
Thursday, November 15, 10:15-11:15am, Hall 4
Presented by Nurfina Bacthiar
Session #7: Training and knowledge assessment

Improvement in infection control practices through provision of additional mobile clinics in 5 high-burden TB case load health facilities in Swaziland
Friday, November 16, 10:15-11:15am, Hall 4
Presented by Hyla Van Den Berg
Session #20: Occupational health and infection control

Reducing TB patient delays: Frequency and causes
Friday, November 16, 10:15-11:15am, Hall 4
Presented by Maria Insua
Session #29: Expansion of the Stop TB strategy - 2

Multidisciplinary interventions for successful TB-HIV integration in 178 South African health facilities
Saturday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Hall 4
Presented by Mpho Ratshikana Moloko
Session #42: Medical management of TB - 3

A partnership to reduce the rate of pulmonary tuberculosis cases initiated on treatment without smear microscopy, Motheo district, South Africa
Saturday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Hall 4
Presented by Cindy Dladla
Session #42: Medical management of TB - 3

Community-based organizations as key players in tuberculosis control: A success story from uThungulu district, South Africa
Saturday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Hall 4
Presented by Evelyn Mhlope
Session #42: Medical management of TB -3

Improving quality of infection control at Engels TB Dispensary, Saratov Oblast, Russia
Saturday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Hall 4
Presented by Irina Ovsyannikova
Session #42: Medical management of TB - 3

Towards improved tuberculosis treatment data outcomes in uMkhanyakude district, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa: A monitoring and evaluation approach
Saturday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Hall 4
Presented by Ntombi Mhlongo-Sigwebela
Session #51: TB management: laboratory, monitoring and surveillance

Improving tuberculosis programme performance through championing selected health facilities in South Africa
Saturday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Hall 4
Presented by Cindy Dladla
Session #53: Medical management / TB outbreak and contact investigation

Improving quality of TB detection at the primary health care system in Bryansk and Saratov Oblasts, Russia
Saturday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Hall 4
Presented by Natalia Vezhnina
Session #53: Medical management / TB outbreak and contact investigation

Sustained improvement in tuberculosis programme performance after partner's exit: Ilembe distrist, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Saturday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Hall 4
Presented by Evelyn Mhlope
Session #53: Medical management / TB outbreak and contact investigation

WORKSHOP

Scale up of community-based MDR treatment: Strategies for decentralized planning and service delivery
Wednesday, November 14, 1:30-5:00pm, Room 409

Community-based treatment model for MDR-TB has gained increased recognition as the most effective, efficient, and ethical means of delivering care to patients with MDR-TB. As the model has been implemented in a growing number of countries, it has shown to be practical and feasible even in resource-limited settings. The fight against MDR-TB requires sustainable models. Indeed, models for community MDR-TB treatment have created increased buy-in and support for MDR-TB treatment among TB programs and patients. As more countries contemplate the move towards implementation of community-based MDR-TB care, it is important that the lessons and tools from existing programs be made available to assist with a rapid and smooth introduction of community-based care.

In this session, participants will be presented with an array of practical tools and approaches to plan, implement, and evaluate community-based MDR-TB care and treatment, including tools for planning and budgeting, examples of training and capacity building, and partnerships between community caregivers and TB programs. We will provide examples of implementing and strengthening community-based MDR-TB services in Bangladesh, Georgia, Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.

Presentations:

  • Applying tools for district level planning for community based MDR-TB programs- Examples from Asia and Africa, Maria Insua, USA
  • Personnel development for community MDR-TB programs, Samson Haumba, Swaziland
  • Developing national level buy-in and introducing community based MDR-TB models- Examples from Bangladesh, Paul Daru, Bangladesh
  • Systems requirements for delivering MDR-TB treatment in the community: Lessons from Malawi, Michael Rich, USA
  • Approaches for working with private sector providers to support MDR-TB programs in Georgia, Tamar Gabunia, Georgia
  • Opportunities and approaches for scaling up community MDR-TB programs in South Africa, Yogan Pillay, South Africa
  • Exploring integration of mHealth technologies to support community MDR-TB programs, Neeraj Kak, USA

CONCURRENT SESSION

Critical issues for cross-border management of migrant and mobile TB and MDR patients
Thursday, November 15, 2:15-4:15pm, Room 310

This session will highlight the need for a more comprehensive approach to supporting cross border TB and MDR patients, taking into account their economic, social, and occupational circumstances. Session speakers will discuss methods for coordination between multi-sector actors who have important contributions to make in building supportive mechanisms to manage highly mobile TB and MDR patients across international borders.

Presentations:

  • Introduction: Promoting a multi-sector response to improving management of cross border TB patients, Dr. Refiloe Matji, South Africa
  • Promoting a contextualized response to management of cross border patients- Understanding the impact of migration on the patient and health system, Soy Ty Kheang, Cambodia
  • Supporting TB control in critical employment sectors- Partnerships for addressing TB among miners and mining communities, Samson Haumba, Swaziland
  • An Occupational Health approach to addressing TB for cross border patient: OSH priorities, existing efforts and initiatives, and future objectives, Alisha Smith-Arthur, USA
  • Developing referral systems for cross border TB patients, Mpho Ratshikana-Moloko, South Africa

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Eighth Meeting of the Subgroup on Public-Private Mix for TB Care and Control
Saturday, November 10 – Sunday, November 11

Stop TB Symposium
Tuesday, November 13, 3:00-5:00pm
Organized by the World Health Organization
URC's Dr. Refiloe Matji will present on supportive systems for TB management.

Technical Working Group Meeting on TB Infection Control
Thursday, November 15, 10:15-11:15am, Hall 3

Scientific Section Meeting on Tuberculosis
Friday, November 16, 4:45-6:15pm, Hall 3

Scientific Section Meeting on HIV
Friday, November 16, 4:45-6:15pm, Room 401/402

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About the Conference

The Union World Conference on Lung Health, hosted by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, covers the latest developments, opportunities, and challenges in tuberculosis, HIV, tobacco control, lung health, and noncommunicable diseases. This year's theme is "Driving sustainability through mutual responsibility," which reflects the need for innovative financing and quality assurance mechanisms to ensure a sustainable response to today's health challenges. Conference sessions will emphasize that responsibility for achieving common goals is shared not only by all those involved in health care and research, but also by donors, governments, policy-makers, civil society, and affected communities.

Be a part of the conversation on Twitter @urcchs using #kuala2012.

Date 
November 09, 2012
Authors 
Manith Hang, Project Coordinator
Regions/ Countries