TB survivors, clinicians, researchers and activists came together today for the Union World Conference’s first session specifically addressing the many issues raised by life after tuberculosis (TB).
Led by Dr Grania Brigden, The Union’s Director of the Department of Tuberculosis, the session took place in Community Connect: Spoorthi Vedika, the open access community space at the conference.
It took the form of an informal panel discussion and questions came both from the audience, plus from a range of people around the world who engaged with the event online via the Union World Conference Twitter feed @unionconference using the #lifeafterTB hashtag.
The panellists were:
Brian Allwood, a consultant pulmonologist in the Division of Pulmonology at the Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital.
Jamilah Meghji, a respiratory physician at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London.
Kevin Mortimer, a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), an Honorary Consultant at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Lung Health for The Union.
Ingrid Schoeman, who survived drug-resistant TB and is now an activist with TB Proof.
Dr Thato Mosidi, an extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) survivor and doctor at the University of Cape Town.
Topics covered included:
- What are the critical tests for a person who has survived TB, given that it can affect many other parts of the body as well as the lungs?
- TB outcomes are often seen as binary – life or death. But this is not enough. It is not enough just to be alive. The quality of that life is important too. How can we ensure this becomes a part of the conversation?
- What do we know about air pollution and TB?
- How to live a healthy #lifeafterTB.
The session was one of the 18 Union World Conference sessions which were live-streamed on the Union’s YouTube channel. They are all available for viewing here.