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Policy Workshop on TB Diagnosis in Uganda

“Considerable technological advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of TB but they remain less accessible to the communities that need it the most. Only 2/3 of the global reported TB cases are confirmed by a laboratory test.

The widely available microscopy is less sensitive and requires high interpretative skill while the traditional mycobacterial culture is complex, marred by contamination and long time to result, which emphasises the urgent need for molecular diagnostics.

The WHO approved Xpert MTB/Rif and Line probe assay for rapid detection of TB and drug resistance have been laboratory evaluated and found implementable.

Implementation remains limited to a few regional or national centres. The TWENDE Consortium is asking why?”

Ms. Norah Owaraga, one of the lead researchers of TWENDE (Tuberculosis: Working to Empower the Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts), has authored a policy brief in the form of a comparative analysis that gives insights into Uganda’s overall capacity to diagnose TB.

In the policy brief, she discusses the implications of Uganda’s current capacity to diagnose TB and suggests questions for further research and possible actions to be taken if Uganda is truly going to rid itself of TB. Or at the very least slow down its TB infection rate and therefore significantly reduce those that TB afflicts in Uganda.

Analyses such as contained in Owaraga’s brief are expected to be at the core of the discussions at the CPAR Uganda Ltd Policy Workshops on TB in Uganda.  The workshops are scheduled to take place on Monday, 27th November 2017 in Gulu in Uganda. Participation in the workshops is by invitation only.

Read Owaraga's full policy brief here 

 

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