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Pre-Conference Workshops

A full range of workshops will take place on Wednesday 30 October at the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health. Details are now online and outlined below. Places are limited and pre-registration is required for these workshops.

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Pre-Conference Workshops

Tuberculosis Infection Control Program implementation – theory to practice
This workshop will address a priority-based approach to TB infection prevention control (IPC) programme development.

The session will reinforce the basics of TB IPC (administrative controls, environmental controls, and personal protective equipment). After the didactic portion of the workshop, the faculty will conduct a series of hands-on practical exercises to allow participants to learn how to measure GUV, measure ventilation parameters and perform calculations, practice respirator fit-testing, and performance checking of a ventilated workstation or biosafety cabinet. Find out more about this workshop

Winning Roll out of new WHO DR-TB guidelines
The purpose of this workshop is to build upon the skills of civil society (CS) and share various strategies to advocate for the rapid uptake and implementation of the new WHO DR-TB treatment guidelines in all high TB burden countries. The workshop will serve as a platform to mobilise CS on the uptake of BDQ-based regimens and elimination of using ototoxic drugs. Find out more about this workshop

Updated WHO policies on management of TB
Participants in this workshop will have the chance to understand the development process and contents of WHO policies and learn about recent updates on the evidenced-based recommendations for diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care of drug susceptible TB and drug-resistant TB; and innovations in implementation of the End TB strategy. Find out more about this workshop

Joint GLI-GDI Workshop on access to diagnostics, treatment and care to end
Through this workshop, the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) and the Global drug-resistant TB Initiative (GDI) seek to explore the challenges encountered in countries, highlighting 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. Find out more about this workshop

Update on Regional Studies on Cost Benefit and Health Impact of Investing in TB and Out-of-pocket expenditure as a barrier to access TB services
This workshop seeks to report on findings of two Regional studies on
· Out-of-pocket expenditure as a barrier to access TB services
· The health impact and cost benefit of investing in TB
At the end of the workshop, it is expected that participants would have deliberated and understood
o The extent and determinants of catastrophic health expenditure on TB services in the SADC Region
o The health impact of investments in TB on several outcomes, such as TB detection rate.
· Propose recommendations for policy advocacy and action to enhance TB management in the countries. Find out more about this workshop

Adapting and adopting the SORT IT model: making public health programs data rich, information rich and action rich
This is a one-day workshop on operational research, and translation of research and data to public health policy development. The workshop will provide an overview of operational research, the SORT IT model of operational research capacity building and its innovations, adaptations of the SORT IT model to tobacco taxation, and the Vital Strategies/U.S. CDC Data to Policy program of using research evidence and data to change policy and practice. Find out more about this workshop

Workshop on Operational Research with All-Oral Shorter MDR-TB Regimens
Objectives of this workshop are;

  • Choose an all-oral shorter regimen for your epidemiological situation. Participants are expected to have prepared basic inputs such as distribution of drug resistance, access to second-line LPA DST, drug availability and treatment programme capacity of the catchment area where the all-oral shorter regimen will be implemented.
  • Write an outline of an operational research protocol.
  • Understand how to report suspected unexpected serious adverse events (SUSARs).
  • Understand the role of expert committees and how to make the most of them, using the endTB Medical Committee as an example.
  • Understand the role of TB labs in diagnosis, patient selection and follow up in all-oral shorter regimen.
  • Demonstrate an example of adapting the endTB electronic medical record (EMR) for data collection; tools such as paper forms for data collection will be provided as well as information on how to set up and use the endTB EMR. Find out more

Diagnostic Network Optimization through Access Analysis using Gamification
During this workshop, competing groups of participants will take on the role of National Tuberculosis Programs (NTP) program makers. They are charged with the decision to choose health facilities to place a limited number of GeneXpert machines within a predefined geographical area. Their decision will be informed by a given set of subnational data in a game-like environment. Their aim is to maximize population diagnostic coverage and optimize sputum transportation networks. At the end of the workshop participants are expected to (1) understand which types of subnational data should be used to support decision-making around diagnostic resource placement; (2) be able to interpret, evaluate and triangulate maps; (3) triangulate the various sources of data to suggest facilities for GeneXpert and other diagnostics placement to reach optimal diagnostic coverage. Find out more about this workshop

Can we find more “missing cases” of TB with better case finding strategies?
At the workshop, we will present and discuss what causes “missing cases” based on implications from national TB prevalence surveys, what issues should be addressed to increase case detection at the country level, how we should effectively carry out active case finding in the community, and how we can detect more TB cases by using new diagnostics. The objectives of this workshop are: 1) to discuss and understand why TB cases remained missed and where they could be found, by using an updated Onion Model based on implications from national TB prevalence surveys; 2) to share experiences from the field in increasing case detection by well-organized active case finding, digital chest radiography using recent AI technology, and new diagnostics; and 3) to discuss what we should do strategically to detect more “missing cases”. Find out more about this workshop

TB Legislation: Opportunities and Risks
This workshop will highlight and critically reflect on the growing global trend for the adoption of TB-specific legislation. Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are at the forefront, but nations in Africa and Asia are also considering laws for TB. These laws and draft bills present a unique opportunity to accelerate and enhance the TB response. There is therefore a vital need for dialogue among the key stakeholders involved in the drafting and adoption of these law, including lawmakers, program managers, lawyers, people affected by TB, civil society, and legal and human rights experts.

However, public health legislation can both promote and hinder effective disease responses. The content, scope and objectives of legislation determines the extent of its impact, along with political will and sufficient resources. The necessity and value of disease-specific legislation, in particular, is an unsettled question. The varying impacts of legislation in a range of public health areas, including tobacco control and HIV, have demonstrated this. In order to strike the correct balance, TB legislation must safeguard public health, define and grant institutional authority and responsibility, and, importantly, establish and protect the rights of people affected by tuberculosis. Find out more

Improving Tuberculosis Data Use: Lessons, Challenges, and Future Directions
This workshop will be an interactive deep dive into understanding the lessons, challenges, and future directions for improving Tuberculosis (TB) data use. The objectives of this workshop are to 1) describe the landscape of available data use methods and tools used by partners and national TB programs to improve use and quality of TB data, 2) review data needs at each level of the health system, 3) discuss intervention strategies, and 4) summarize best practices in improving data quality and use. Find out more about this workshop

Introduction to TB vaccine research and development for advocates
This workshop will provide an overview of the state of the field in TB vaccine R&D, discuss key concepts and issues, and review recent clinical data and its potential impact on the field
The objectives of this workshop are:

  1. To build the vaccine research literacy and research advocacy capacity of participants, with an emphasis on advocates, civil society and affected communities;
    2. To provide participants with a more in-depth understanding of issues in and recent data and findings in the field TB vaccine R&D
    3. To discuss how advocates, civil society and affected communities can partner with the research community to advance development of new, safe, effective and accessible TB vaccines Find out more

TB Infection Control: Lessons learned from select high burden countries
Preventing TB transmission within healthcare settings is a major concern affecting health workers and patients. The World Health Organization has recently released updated guidelines that could help reduce TB transmission. In light of these guidelines and the results of the work TB CARE II has completed with 10 countries with high DR TB burden during the past year, this workshop discusses results of meetings, a literature review, landscape analysis and a monitoring and evaluation framework. In addition, the session will also cover the use of TB preventive therapies for infection prevention and contact tracing in various regions of the world. Find out more

An enabling environment for Universal Access in India: overcoming and reforming legal and policy barriers to accessing TB services

In 2018, REACH, together with TB affected communities, civil society and legal experts, and supported by the Stop TB Partnership, completed the first legal environment assessment (LEA) for TB in India. The LEA offered an in-depth assessment of how TB interacts with the law, policy and human rights and outlined how the law can be used to foster an enabling rights-based environment that reduces vulnerability to TB, and contributes to India’s TB elimination goals. The objectives of this workshop are to unpack and debate the key issues that emerged from the LEA; understand how barriers to universal access were identified; and discuss how this can be used to advocate for law and policy reform to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights for people with TB. Find out more about this workshop

The importance of smoking cessation in Tuberculosis (TB) patients. Evidence from observational studies, randomised controlled-trials, process evaluation and implementation science
This workshop will address barriers and strategies in supporting TB patients to quit smoking and ultimately improve health outcomes. Content will include: Evidence of the TB-Tobacco link and prevalence of tobacco use in TB patients, effectiveness of strategies for smoking cessation in TB patients, the implementation of behavioural support for smoking cessation in TB patients, and integration of smoking cessation within routine TB care in a range of settings. Find out more about this workshop

TB Preventive Therapy: The Global Landscape, Implementation and Scale Up Approaches and Results and Best Practices from high TB HIV countries in Africa.
This workshop will review the epidemiological burden of the two epidemics in high burden countries; key epidemiological and programmatic challenges on both TB and HIV sides, context-tailored tools for sustainable implementation and scale-up of preventive therapies. It will further present results and best practices from TPT implementation in high TB HIV burden countries. TPT implementation and monitoring and evaluation frameworks will be described. Find out more about this workshop

Paving the way for innovations to end TB epidemic
The workshop aims to discuss current challenges for the overall management of individuals with drug-resistant TB, from upcoming diagnostic advances, treatment regimens, efforts to develop appropriately dosed paediatric formulations to using digital technologies to improve medication adherence and treatment outcomes. Find out more

Visit the online programme for the full details on all available workshops

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