Daily programme - Wednesday 26 October 2011



The following sessions will take place on Wednesday, 26 October 2011.
WHO Stop TB Symposium

Meeting the unmet needs of women and children for TB prevention, diagnosis and care: expanding our horizons

08:30 - 18:00

Room:  Vauban
Although the exact magnitude of tuberculosis among women and children is not known, the evidence is growing that they are disproportionally affected (1,2).
Recent studies have shown that TB is an important cause of maternal mortality, particularly in women with TB-HIV, and that there is an increased risk of transmitting TB and HIV to infants born to mothers with TB-HIV (3, 4).
Confirmation of diagnosis of TB among young children is challenging. However, various initiatives around the world have come up with innovative approaches (5).
In addition, public health programs, traditionally focussing on cutting transmission, have not given much attention to tuberculosis in children as young children are not infectious.
The purpose of the Stop TB Symposium 2011 is therefore to highlight the unmet needs of women and children and to advance TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment among women and children by ensuring mainstreaming of TB diagnosis and treatment in Mother and Child Health (MCH) services.
Specific objectives of the Stop TB Symposium include:
(i):  To identify barriers and challenges including recording and reporting

(ii):  To share experiences and lessons learnt from MCH services diagnosing and treating Tuberculosis

(iii):  To define the way forward to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis among women and children.



To download a PDF of the Stop TB Symposium, please click here.




08:30-10:30: I. Global TB Control Progress
Chairs: Nils E Billo (The Union), Mario Raviglione (WHO Stop TB Department)

08:30 - 09:00 Welcome and opening

Nils E Billo (The Union)
Mario Raviglione (WHO Stop TB Department)
Lucica Ditiu (Stop TB Partnership Secretariat)

09:00 - 09:20

Global TB control: current status with particular attention to tuberculosis among women and children

Katherine Floyd (WHO Stop TB Department)

09:20 - 09:50
Decrease TB mortality by integrating maternal and child health services Robert Gie (South Africa)

09:50 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00-12:30:  II. Women and Tuberculosis
Chairs: Nils E Billo (The Union), Mario Raviglione (WHO Stop TB Department)

11:00 - 11:20
Diagnosis and treatment of TB in HIV-positive women Amita Gupta (India)

11:20 - 11:40
Integrating TB case finding into maternal health services Stacie Stender (South Africa)

11:40 - 12:00

Integrating TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment in family planning services: experience from Kenya
Lawrence Oteba (Kenya )

12:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 14:00

14:00-16:00: III. Children and Tuberculosis
Chair: Steve Graham (Australia) Claire Wingfield (USA)

14:00 - 14:20
Improving TB case detection in children at community level
Khurshid Talukder (Bangladesh)
14:20 - 14:40 Improving case detection in children: TB REACH experience
Najla Al-Sonboli (Yemen )
Luis E. Cuevas (UK)

14:40 - 15:00

Operational challenges in implementing isoniazid preventive therapy
(IPT) in children
Mohammed Yassin (Ethiopia) 

15:00 - 15:20
IPT  in children in Brazil
Clemax Couto Sant´Anna (Brazil)

15:20 - 15:30
Call to action for childhood TB Claire Wingfield (USA)

15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 16:30
Coffee Break

16:30-18:00: IV. Addressing the unmet needs of women and children for TB prevention, diagnosis and care: expanding our horizons

Chair: Steve Graham (Australia), Claire Wingfield (USA)

16:30 - 16:45
Use of Xpert Mtb/Rif  to diagnose TB in children Mark Nicol (South Africa)

16:45 - 17:00
Overcoming challenges in access to TB drugs for children Gregory Kearns (USA)
17:00 - 18:00
Panel discussion
Addressing the unmet needs of women and children for TB prevention, diagnosis and care: expanding our horizons 
Panel members

1.       Getahun H, Gunneberg C, Granich R, Nunn P. HIV associated TB: the epidemiology and the response. Clin Infect Dis; 2010: 15;50 Suppl 3:S201-7

2.       Hesseling A.C et al. High incidence of tuberculosis among HIV-infected infants: evidence from a South African population-based study highlights the need for improved tuberculosis control strategies. Clin Infect Dis 2009

3.       Gupta A. et al. Maternal tuberculosis: a risk factor for mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus. J Infect Dis. 2011

4.       Gupta A. et al. Postpartum tuberculosis incidence and mortality among HIV-infected women and their infants in Pune, India, 2002-2005. Clin Infect Dis.2007

5.       Nicol M.P., Zar H.J. New specimens and laboratory diagnostics for childhood pulmonary TB: progress and prospects. Paediatr Respir Rev.2011
Union Administrative Meetings  

13:00-16:00:    Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities                                                                                                Liége 1  
Side Meetings   
13:30-17:30:  Annual Meeting Stop TB Working Group on New TB Diagnostics                                                              Eurotop
In this meeting we will review the evolution and accomplishments of the New Diagnostics Working Group over the past year. Presentations will also cover new diagnostic approaches and technologies recently endorsed by the WHO or currently in development, which contribute to the objectives set forth in the Global Plan to Stop TB.
Coordinator: Alessandra Varga, FIND (Switzerland) 
Chair: Giorgio Roscigno, Co-Chair New Diagnostics Working Group, FIND (Switzerland)

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