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­2015 Symposium: Scale Up to Get Down to Zero TB Deaths, New Infections, and Suffering

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On December 4, 2015, in Cape Town, South Africa, Treatment Action Group, Harvard Medical School, Partners In Health, Treatment Action Campaign, and the Stop TB Partnership sponsored a symposium in conjunction with the Union World Conference in Barcelona.

The symposium, “Scale Up to Get Down to Zero TB Deaths, New Infections, and Suffering,” focused on scaling up active case finding, preventive therapy, and MDR-TB diagnosis and treatment. These interventions are critical to TB elimination but not widely implemented. Two panels of experts explained the importance of each of these interventions and the opportunities for scale-up. Question and answer sessions followed each panel.


Introduction
Mark Harrington, Treatment Action Group

Islands of Elimination: From Idea to Implementation
Salmaan Keshavjee Harvard Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai and Harvard Medical School

Panel 1: Implementing Active Case Finding and Preventive Therapy

Saira Khowaja, Interactive Research and Development

Yogan Pillay, South African National Department of Health

Welile Sikhondze, Swaziland National TB Control Program

Panel 1 Q&A
Moderated by Mark Heywood, Section 27

Panel 2: Scaling Up MDR-TB Diagnosis and Treatment

Introduction
Jennifer Furin, Harvard Medical School and Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Valeriu Istrati, MDR-TB survivor and winemaker

Zarir Udwadia, Hinduja Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, and Parsee General Hospital

Sharonann Lynch, Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign

Panel 2 Q&A
Moderated by Jennifer Furin, Harvard Medical School and Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Closing remarks
Mark Harrington, Treatment Action Group

Impromptu remarks
Stephen Lawn, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University of Cape Town

 

 

 

 

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