3rd Baltic Symposium Strenghtening the people-centred model of tuberculosis care for better diagnosis and treatment outcomes
November 23-24, 2018, AVALON Hotel & Conferences, 13.Janvara str. 19, Riga, Latvia
Third Baltic States Symposium was devoted to people-centred model of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) care for achieving better treatment outcomes. The symposium brought together scientists in the field of TB, health personnel, national policy makers and patient representatives. Main objective of the Symposium was to develop a common memorandum of understanding on how to achieve a best adapted model of care in all three Baltic countries and list of most effective activities to achieve this goal. Program includced digital health solutions for treatment adherence and TB patient empowerment, nursing process - patient education, psycho-emotional support, stigma reduction, upcoming WHO guidelines on the management of DR-TB as well as latent TB infection diagnostic and treatment and molecular methods for TB diagnostic.
79 participants and facilitators from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, The Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom attended the symposium.
2nd International Baltic Symposium Management of TB/HIV co-infected patients: challenges and opportunities to End TB Strategy
May 19-20, 2017, Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, 55 Elizabetes street, Riga, Latvia
2nd Baltic States symposium was organised jointly for TB and HIV specialists to introduce with latest developments in management of TB/HIV co-infected patients and prepare country specific list of priority actions for adaptation of these developments in Baltic countries. Outline of the symposium included latent TB infection diagnostics and treatment experiences in European countries for HIV infected persons, including children, integrated care for TB/HIV affected persons, role of pharmacovigilance and country updates in introduction of new antiTB drugs.
75 participants and facilitators from Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Italy and The Netherlands attended the event.
1st Baltic States symposium Introduction of new and repurposed drugs in the programmatic management of DR-TB – from science to practice
23-24 of May, 2016, Conference room of “Biblioteka №1” restaurant, Terbatas street 2, Riga, Latvia
1st Baltic States symposium was a major step towards scaling up common strategies in Baltic States in safe, rational and effective use of TB novel drugs, as well as applying new practices and approaches in framework of programmatic management of DR-TB. Objectives of the symposium were to provide an update on current evidence and WHO policy recommendations on the use of new and re-purposed drugs; to discuss the programmatic introduction and future positioning of new drugs – TB patient triage concept, future regimen design, treatment duration; to share experiences and practices from countries using new and re-purposed drugs for adults and children and to decide on common strategies in Baltic states on future improvements of M/XDR-TB management.
More than 70 participants attended the Symposium. Most of them were TB doctors from various settings, including regional hospitals, outpatient departments, penitentiary system and laboratory, involved in introduction of new TB drugs in their respective institutions.