Key players in the TB response will meet to discuss the way forward, and what needs to be done to achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating the disease.
The conference theme is ‘Driving sustainability through mutual responsibility’ and it has been organised by the International Union Against TB. We asked their Executive Director, Dr Nils E Billo, what needs to be done to ensure that the TB response is sustainable:
“The Union has long taken the approach that a sustainable TB response requires 360-degree commitment, whether the focus is drug-susceptible TB, TB-HIV or MDR-TB. The Union’s TB model, branded by WHO as DOTS, addresses the disease from the clinical, political, economic and social perspectives. All have to be aligned for success because addressing TB requires the commitment of governments, health care systems, health professionals at every level, the media, communities, patients and families.
“Today we are working to increase the effectiveness of each part of that mutually responsible chain of action. For example, our Integrated HIV Care for TB Patients Living with HIV/AIDS (IHC) Programme works closely with national TB and AIDS programmes to strengthen collaboration and build the capacity of general health systems to deliver high-quality integrated TB and HIV care. Other examples range from Project Axshya in India, which is supporting the Revised National TB Control Programme’s efforts through a massive advocacy, communication and social mobilisation campaign, to The TREAT TB Modelling Initiative, which is using operational and transmission modelling to project the performance, resource requirements and costs associated with using new TB diagnostic tools in real-world settings.
“These and other strategies for driving sustainability through mutual responsibility will be discussed at the World Conference.”
The conference will also see a Satellite Symposium from WHO where they will present their 'ENGAGE-TB' approach and new Operational Guidance on integrating community-based TB activities into the work of NGOs and other CSOs (which the Alliance contributed to). Find out more here.
Another symposium titled ‘Changing the landscape in TB: how civil society and communities can increase the impact of GF in countries’ is being held by The Stop TB Partnership and the Global Fund. Click here for more information.
The 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health
13–17 November 2012
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
To register or learn more visit: www.worldlunghealth.org