to introduce the updates and innovations in TB diagnosis, treatment, and care
The agenda of the webinar covered:
- Overview of the new guidelines and operational handbook for the management of TB in children and adolescents.
- Stool Xpert® MTB/RIF test for the stool-based diagnosis of childhood tuberculosis.
- Recent developments in the treatment of tuberculosis disease in children.
- Example from the field (Khayelitsha) on implementing innovations for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of DR-TB.
During the 1st webinar (22/05/2020) participants were introduced to the updates in TB preventive treatment; WHO approach to the people-centered delivery of TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care during the COVID-19 pandemic; current evidence and lessons learned on COVID-19 and TB; as well as the challenges to reach the EndTB strategy goals.
The agenda of the 2nd webinar (12/06/2020) included the key changes in the treatment of drug-resistant TB, highlights from the forthcoming WHO consolidated TB guidelines, supporting activities of WHO EURO on laboratory diagnosis and MDR-TB during and beyond COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the evidence to date on trials of treatment for M/XDR-TB.
Objectives of the 3rd webinar (10/12/2020) were to discuss the priority actions to strengthen the Baltic countries TB control programs and help countries to improve national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic; to build the capacity of TB clinicians in the provision of anti-TB treatment, in line with the latest WHO guidelines and evidence and to introduce the best practices in the use of video supported TB treatment solutions in support of TB patients.