URC at the Union World Conference on Lung Health

URC thought leadership and impact on full display

URC took an active role in the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool, UK from October 26th through October 29th, 2016. URC staff attended from several countries across the globe, leading panel discussions, presenting symposia, and discussing posters.

The theme this year was "Confronting Resistance: Fundamentals to Innovations", which encompasses a number of critical areas for discussion ranging from the growing problem of resistance to existing TB drugs to the challenge presented by the powerful tobacco industry's resistance to efforts to control tobacco use.

Some of the major issues addressed by URC are listed below. Check back soon for additional updates.


Sustainable FAST Implementation Experiences in Vietnam

A presentation by Dr. Hien Le

The TB Care II project team shares its results on the success of integrating FAST activities into the regular daily activities at hospitals in Vietnam. This helped shorten the infectious periods and reduce times to diagnosis and treatment initiation. It also allowed existing hospital staff to easily and routinely monitor FAST time indicators for improvement. Overall, it enables NTP's steps for gradually and sustainably expanding FAST implementation to other facilities of the NTP network.



Providing Comprehensive Patient-centered Care: A Conceptual Framework for Quality TB Care

A workshop by Dr. Refiloe Matji, Dr. Hala Jassim AlMossawi

This standing room only workshop was was co-chaired by Dr. Refiloe Matji, Vice President for Southern Africa, and Dr. Hala Jassim AlMossawi, URC Director of Technical Support, and featured four presentations by our TB Care II project staff from around the world. Dr. Matji kicked off the workshop with a review of the objectives, including a discussion of a framework for provision of social protection services, sharing project lessons-learned related to social protection, universal health coverage (UHC) and palliative care, and providing guidance on social support packages to support the End TB strategy.

Workshop presentation
Related resource: Providing Comprehensive Patient-centered Care
Related resource: Inclusion of TB in National Health Insurance Programs
Related resource: Guidelines for TB and DRTB Palliative Care and Support


Ensuring sustainability of social support interventions through strengthening the legal framework for TB control

A presentation by Dr. Tamar Gabunia

Dr. Tamar Gabunia, Chief of Party for the USAID Georgia Tuberculosis Prevention Project , started with a talk entitled, "Ensuring sustainability of social support interventions through strengthening the legal framework for TB control."  Dr. Gabunia discussed strategies including cash incentives, poverty reduction, and policies to prevent catastrophic health expenditures during illness.


Linking social support and universal health care with Pillar 2 of the End TB Strategy

A presentation by Dr. Samson Malwa Haumba

Up next was Director for TB Care II in Swaziland, Dr. Samson Malwa Haumba, who presented "Linking social support with Pillar 2/universal healthcare component of the End TB Strategy." Dr. Haumba discussed the role of social support in meeting SDGs while we work towards universal health coverage.


Integrating palliative care and end of life care into TB/MDR-TB programmes

A presentation by Dr. Robert Makombe

Dr. Robert Makombe, Senior NTP Advisor for TB Care II, discussed "Integrating palliative care and end of life care into TB/MDR-TB programmes," using lessons learned from the project's work in South Africa to discuss the rationale and best practices for palliative care in any country.



mCASH money transfer to provide cash incentives to TB patients

A presentation by Dr. Paul Dadu

Dr. Paul Dadu, the former director TB Care II in Bangladesh, shared the success of using mCASH money transfer to provide cash incentives to TB patients.



URC implementing partner wins event's most prestigious award

Dr. Lee Reichman honored for lifetime of advocacy for TB patients

Dr. Lee Reichman, Founding Executive Director of the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute (GTBI), was awarded the Union Medal at the opening session of the 47th Annual Union World Conference on Global Health today. The Union Medal is The Union's highest honor and traditionally awarded to an individual who has made a significant commitment to TB control or lung health.

Presenting the award, Union President, Jane Carter said: "Dr. Reichman is perhaps most widely recognized for his accurate public prediction in 2001 that global failure to control basic tuberculosis disease would become a 'time bomb' leading to the explosion of nearly untreatable multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. A prediction that is most fitting as we gather to consider how to confront resistance."

Dr. Reichman and the GTBI are partners of URC's on the TB Care II project, with GTBI providing technical assistance in MDR TB diagnosis (including consultations for MDR TB surgery) and treatment, TB/HIV, human resource development, public-private mix, and engaging primary care providers. Well-deserved congratulations to Dr. Reichman for his many years of hard work and advocacy on behalf of TB patients around the world.




Project Overview

TB CARE II complements existing and planned projects in the Bureau for Global Health to provide global leadership and support to national TB programs (NTPs) and other in-country partners. The project assists these stakeholders to accelerate the implementation of TB DOTS, TB/HIV, and programs for the programmatic management of drug resistant TB. At the global level, TB CARE II is supporting a number of core activities in universal access, the prevention of MDR-TB, infection control, TB/HIV, and health systems strengthening.

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