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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. This has been a back-to-back activity with the National AIDS/STI Prevention and Control Program (NASCP) in the conduct of its operational planning with the regional coordinators for HIV Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

    As the NTP's National Strategic Plan shifts from PhilPACT to PhilSTEP, the event targets to explain the global, regional and national status of TB control and the corresponding strategic plan, analyze the regional accomplishments on TB Control, identify priority activities for 2017 towards TB Elimination and to discuss the strategic plan for HIV.

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  • PBSP Hosts the PMDT Data Quality Check and Plan Enhancement Workshop
    January 16-February 02, 2017

    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.

    The activity schedule began with the Mindanao Cluster held at Dakak Park and Beach Resort, Dapitan Zamboanga from January 16-18; and the Visayas Cluster which was conducted at Crown Regency Courtyard Resort, Boracay Aklan from January 18-20; this was followed by North and South Luzon cluster at The Oriental Bataan, Mariveles Bataan from January 24 to 27; and the last batch was the NCR Cluster which took place at Best Western Plus Hotel Subic, Subic Zambales from January 31 to February 2.

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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. This is a five year project synced with USAID Challenge TB (CTB) program and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    The project's goal is to come up with models that can implement integrated TB-HIV programs in the spirit of public-private partnership. It has three objectives: 1) to improve the quality of TB/HIV care services in the non-public sector; 2) to strengthen routine case finding activities and improve treatment success rates in the non-public sector; and 3) to facilitate compliance with inclusiveness requirements of the GF-NFM through engagement with non-public sector (private providers and civil society).

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  • Group Convenes for the Finalization of the Guidelines on TB Mass Screening (TBMS) in Jails and Prisons
    January 06, 2017
    Sta. Cruz, Manila

    A meeting on the finalization of the guidelines on TBMS in jails and prisons was done last January 6, 2017 at DOH Central Office-Tayuman. The activity was participated by key stakeholders from International Cooperation for Red Cross (ICRC), MiMaRoPa Regional Health Office, Manila Health Department, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Innovations and Multisectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (IMPACT), Technical Assistance Support to Countries (TASC) and Disease Prevention and Control Bureau (DPCB).

    Dr. Anna Marie Celina Garfin (NTP Manager - DPCB) facilitated the discussion. The group provided valuable inputs in the draft guidelines. Some of the agreements were placing of annexes to shorten certain parts like the background and rationale; to highlight the significance of TBMS with strong evidence; TB Mass Screening should not be a replacement to routine screenings (entry, symptoms surveillance and self-referrals; enhancement of the reporting system of BJMP/ Prisons; inclusion of the good practices such as the use of biometrics, prison code and carpeta as a means of verification in identifying inmates to avoid switching and proxy during TBMS; changes in the computation of logistics and harmonization of the logistic tool.

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  • NTP Spearheads Series of Stakeholders Meeting for the TB Programs National Strategic Plan (2017-2022)

    The end of the National Tuberculosis Control Programs 2010-2016 Philippine Plan of Action to Control Tuberculosis (PhilPACT) marked the shift of the programs direction from disease control to elimination. Yet, the process involved in the formulation of the new NSP is complex and has started with the conduct of the National Joint Program Review way back March 2016. With its ongoing development, one of the identified key strategy is the involvement of various partners and stakeholders. Thus, NTP has been conducting several consultations with various agencies since their inputs and participation are central towards a more holistic approach to TB elimination.

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    Call for Stop TB Partnership's 2017 Kochon Prize Nominations for TB Researchers and Developers.

    29 November 2017 - Geneva, Switzerland - Stop TB Partnership is extending the application deadline for the 2017 Kochon Prize, further to its call for nominations earlier this month. This year we are celebrating the TB research and development community.

    Advancements and investments in scientific research to enhance and transform the way TB is diagnosed, treated, and prevented is critical to halt the spread of TB. With the recent release of the 2017 Global Tuberculosis Report and in the lead up to the UN High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018, accelerating access and uptake of existing TB products and technologies and catalyzing research and development of new, game-changing TB diagnostics, drugs, and vaccines is now a matter of immense urgency.

    The 2017 Kochon Prize will therefore recognize and pay 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. Their commitment and perseverance to TB research and development is and will change the world, but, more importantly, change the lives of the people and communities affected by TB.

    The application period is now open and should be sent to the Stop TB Partnership no later than Monday, 18 December 2017 at 18:00 (Geneva time).

    Individuals and/or organizations must be nominated by someone other than themselves. Full details regarding the nomination process and requirements can be found here. Nominations should include:

    1. A nomination form;
    2. A support letter from another scientist/program manager/partner, etc.; and
    3. Details and results of research, publications, etc.

    Funded by the Kochon Foundation, a non-profit foundation based in the Republic of Korea, the USD 65,000 prize is awarded once a year to an individual and/or organization that has made a significant contribution in the fight against TB.

    The 2017 Kochon Prize winner(s) will be announced and awarded at the Stop TB Partnership's 30th Board meeting in March 2018. It will take place in New Delhi, India.

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