The World TB Symposium 2020 goes online
24 March 2020
We've held World TB Day Symposia annually since 2010, and had spent much time working with colleagues at LSHTM, The Crick, and Birkbeck to deliver another sold-out event, to be held at the Institute of Child Health. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that that couldn't take place.
Instead, we have produced online content that is both relevant and shoudl be of interest to our UCL-TB members and wider afield:
How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect TB patients and the TB control programmes?
Marc Lipman, Beate Kampmann and Toyin Togun discuss the implications of a new respiratory infection for people already infected with another, and how communities and control porogrammes will be affected
'Voices from the Front Line'
We had intended the symposium to showcase not only research at our institutions, but also the patients, TB nurses, doctors, outreach workers and others who deal with the disease on a daily basis. These were to have been installations outside the lecture theatre. We've presented them here instead. They include:
The TREATS project is measuring the impact of a ‘universal test and treat’ project called PopART in reducing the prevalence and incidence of TB in Zambia and South Africa.
The IMPACT Study is asking why TB treatment may be difficult for some people in the UK, so that they can be helped
Joi Hok! is a TB community awareness initiative set up in Kolkata by a young and inspirational recent UCL graduate