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WHO Corner

Source: End TB News by Rajendra Yadav, MD
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Posted: August 17, 2020

Lancet Paper: Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

This paper is an important reminder about the ongoing disruptions of HIV, TB and malaria programs. These disruptions will continue to cause more deaths unless we do more to help these programs to recover faster. (As we know, TB was killing 2,200 people per month before COVID-19. Now, in the time of COVID-19, that is likely to have gone up.)
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WHO Releases Updated DRTB Treatment Guidance

 Operational Guidance
 Consolidated Guidelines

The WHO has released an updated consolidated guidelines on drug-resistant tuberculosis. This is complemented by the operational handbook. In particular, the handbook provides practical guidance on the implementation of two new recommendations: one on the use of shorter all-oral bedaquiline-containing regimen for MDR/RR-TB patients and the other on the BPaL regimen (i.e. bedaquiline, pretomanid and linezolid) for MDR-TB patients with additional resistance to fluoroquinolones. And many other new things too!



WHO Releases a Rapid Communication on Molecular Assays as Initial Tests for the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis and Rifampicin Resistance

This rapid communication aims to inform national TB programmes and other stakeholders about the latest evidence on the use of specific molecular assays as initial diagnostic tests of TB. Particularly, for paediatric TB diagnosis, stool is now recommended as a specimen for rapid molecular testing (such as X-pert).
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WHO Updates One Health TB Module Companion Book for TB Budgeting and Funding Analysis

The WHO has revised its One Health TB Module Companion Book for TB budgeting and funding analysis. It now includes four critical interventions: (1) Development of training material and implementation of a nationwide training programme for paediatric TB. (2) Household contact investigation. (3) TB preventive treatment. (4) Sample collection for children.
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THE NATIONAL TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL PROGRAM


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The National TB Control Program, organized in 1978 and operating within a devolved health care delivery system, is one of the public health programs being managed and coordinated by the Infectious Diseases for Prevention and Control Division (IDPCD) of the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau (DPCB) of the Department of Health (DOH).
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Reminders and Announcements

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Stop TB Partnerships 2017 Kochon Prize Nominations for TB Researchers and Developers
Posted: November 29, 2017

Write-up: The 2017 Kochon Prize recognizes and pays tribute to the people and organizations who dare to push the scientific boundaries and reach for the targets set forth in the Global Plan to End TB and the End TB Strategy.
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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Request for Proposal to Study the Quality of Tuberculosis Care in the Philippines
Posted: November 21, 2017

Although significant progress has been made to eliminate TB as a public health burden, TB remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality from an infectious disease.
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ONLINE SURVEY for PMDT Healthstaff
Posted: September 2, 2017

The Philippines National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), with the support of TREAT TB, is conducting an assessment of the NTP's Supervision, Monitoring, and Evaluation system (SME system), particularly as it relates to Programmatic Management of Drug-Resistant TB (PMDT).
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Events

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NTP Holds its 1st National Consultative Planning for 2017
February 7-10, 2017
Tagaytay City, Cavite

The National TB Control Program conducted its first National Consultative Planning (NCP) last February 7-10, 2017 at Bali Village Hotel Resort and Kubo Spa, Tagaytay City.
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PBSP Hosts the PMDT Data Quality Check and Plan Enhancement Workshop
January 16-February 2, 2017
Philippines

Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) takes the lead in organizing the five batches of the PMDT Data Quality Check and Plan Enhancement Workshop which ran from January 16 to February 2, 2017.
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KNCV-HIVOS Project Kick-off
January 12-13, 2017
Malate, Manila

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs Project entitled: “Making the Global Fund Money Work” was launched in the Philippines last January 12-13, 2017 at Pan Pacific Hotel, Malate Manila.
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