As a result of the growing prevalence of HIV, South Africa and the southern African region are facing one of the worst tuberculosis (TB) epidemics on the planet. In its latest Global TB Report 2009, the World Health Organisation estimated that South Africa has the fifth highest number of TB cases and the second highest TB incidence of any country in the world.
Organised by the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), the TB Conference will be a forum for people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and skills to come together to review the evidence and to debate and develop innovative approaches to fight the TB epidemic in the era of HIV. The theme of the conference will be ‘forging strategic partnerships to fight TB and HIV.
This will highlight two central strategies. The first is the involvement of communities in prevention, case finding and case holding activities. The second is the provision of integrated TB and HIV services. In most of southern Africa, more than half of TB patients are living with HIV. To avoid missed opportunities and improve the quality of care, TB and HIV services should be integrated in health facilities and communities.
Those who will benefit from attending this conference include researchers, programme managers, implementers, people working in CSOs, clinicians, patients, community members and all people who feel they have something to learn or contribute in the efforts to decrease the burden of TB in 2010 and beyond. South Africa is preparing to host the world at the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Dates: 1-4 June 2010
Venue: Durban International Convention Centre
Theme: Forging Strategic Partnerships to Fight TB and HIV
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