Programmatic Management of TB in High Burden Countries During Initial COVID-19 Response
The Union Courses Online. Grania Brigden, Dr. Dennis Falzon, Dr. Vivian Cox & Dr Norbert Ndjeka . 04/30/20; 297678 Topic: Tuberculosis
  Grania Brigden, Dr. Dennis Falzon, Dr. Vivian Cox & Dr Norbert Ndjeka
Grania Brigden, Dr. Dennis Falzon, Dr. Vivian Cox & Dr Norbert Ndjeka
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Learning Objectives
Tuberculosis is the number one infectious disease killer and now people with TB face an additional threat from the rapid spread across the world of the novel coronavirus which causes the disease COVID-19. There is little evidence on the effect that COVID-19 could have on TB or if people with TB will be more susceptible to COVID-19 and have worse outcomes but given that both pathogens affect the lungs there is a potential for a negative impact.  As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads it is vital to ensure that TB services are ready to not only continue offering care to people with TB but that they protect them from COVID-19 too.

Chair Person: Dr. Grania Brigden
Co-Chair: Dr. Francesca Conradie

Topic 1:  COVID-19: Global Considerations for Tuberculosis (TB) Care 
Speaker: Dr. Dennis Falzon

Topic 2: Ensuring the Continuation of TB Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Speaker: Dr. Vivian Cox

Topic 3: Critical Changes to Services for TB Patients in South Africa During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
Speaker: Dr. Norbert Ndjeka, South African NTP

This webinar will discuss the guidance that has been given to programmes both from The WHO with global strategies for programmes as well as from the Infectious Disease Society of South Africa with immediately implementable approaches for TB services, particularly those in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), which not only ensure that their TB care continues but will also help to protect people with TB from COVID-19.
  • Give overview of the current situation for TB programmes and planning for the COVID- 19 response.
  • Discuss strategies for TB programmes to maintain TB services during the COVID-19 response.

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