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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?”

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High Level Policy Workshops on TB in Uganda

On Monday, 27th November 2017, at Bomah Hotel in Gulu Municipality, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CPAR Uganda Ltd will hold high level policy workshops on TB in Uganda.

Participation is by Invitation only. Invited participants total to 70, including:  senior politicians, senior administrators and senior health experts, who are selected from district local governments that are located in the Northern Half of Uganda, key institutions of the Central Government, and representatives of subject relevant non-governmental institutions.

The workshops will be conducted in a style that is characteristic of the conduct of District Integrity Promotion Forums. However, the workshops will also be closed meetings and will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Guest of Honour for a Policy Dialogue on Tuberculosis in Uganda

 

Hon. Aol Betty Ocan will be the guest of honour for a CPAR Uganda Ltd  policy workshop on tuberculosis that it is planning to conduct soon under its project: "Tuberculosis: Working to Empower the Nations' Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)".

Hon. Ocan has a wealth of the relevant experience for policy advocacy that TWENDE seeks. She is in her 11th year as a Member of Parliament in The Parliament of the Republic of Uganda. She is in fact a member of the Health Committee of The Parliament. Prior to becoming an MP, she served for nine years as a District Local Councillor; hence she has over 20 years experience in active politics in Uganda.

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CPAR Uganda Ltd Fighting TB

 

“Ugandans need to worry more about tuberculosis (TB). The Uganda Ministry of Health records 1,200 new cases of drug resistant TB annually, but is only able to find 400 of those cases. The 800 remain in communities unattended to and infect more people.” Dr. Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, of the Republic of Uganda is reported to have said.

Scientific research findings of a study that CPAR Uganda Ltd is participating in point to the fact that Uganda’s overall capacity to diagnose TB is in fact very low and this should worry us all.

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Reference Sources on Tuberculosis

 

As part of a consortium that is implementing the research and policy advocacy project: “Tuberculosis: Working to Empower the Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)”, since January 2016, CPAR Uganda Ltd is conducting research on tuberculosis (TB). Follow the progress of TWENDE - up-dates are now available on the TWENDE page on the CPAR Uganda Ltd website http://www.cparuganda.com/index.php/twende.

In collaboration with its fellow TWENDE consortium partner organisations, CPAR Uganda Ltd is utilising ‘new’ TWENDE data and other available ‘old’ data to author and disseminate opinions, policy briefs, research reports, and academic papers on TB diagnosis, TB treatment and TB stigma in Uganda and in East Africa.

TWENDE is a two-year project (January 2016 to December 2017) that is funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Association; specifically through its EDCTP2 Programme; which programme is supported under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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Qualitative Investigation of TB in Uganda in Progress

“Find the missing patients with tuberculosis ... One of the major reasons contributing to missing of cases is poor health seeking behaviour of those reporting chronic cough. About 39% of symptomatic presumptive TB patients and 36.7% of symptomatic prevalent TB cases did not take any action for their symptoms.

The reasons for not seeking care included ignored illness (31.1%), self-treated (31%), hindered by cost (16%), did not recognise illness (12%), long distance (5.4%), long waiting time (1.3%) and others (2.9%).

Understanding and addressing patients’ barriers to service access is crucial to maximize the demand for service utilisation. Furthermore use of poor TB diagnostic services contributes to missed TB cases. There is need to use up to date TB screening services; including use of new developments in diagnostics.”

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TWENDE Qualitative Data Collection in Progress in Uganda

 

Qualitative data collection by CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR) has intensified for the University of St. Andrews led empirical research and advocacy study project code named: “Tuberculosis: Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)” that is funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

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TWENDE Qualitative Research Investigation – Progress in Uganda

As of 19th June 2017, CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR) has so far conducted qualitative research investigations in six districts of Uganda for the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) funded empirical research and advocacy study project code named: “Tuberculosis: Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE).”

In those six districts CPAR has conducted one-on-one interviews with a total of 30 persons, including: Resident District Commissioners, District Chairpersons, District Health Officers, Health Care Facility Administrators, Health Personnel, Tuberculosis (TB) patients or survivors and TB patients care givers.

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TWENDE Qualitative Data Collection in Progress

 

Since May 2017 Qualitative Data Investigators (QDIs) for the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) funded Tuberculosis: Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE) research and advocacy study are actively collecting ‘new’ qualitative data – conducting interviews and focus group discussions – in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

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TWENDE Receives Approval in Tanzania

 

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania (GoT) has given the research project: “Tuberculosis Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)” a “Clearance Certificate for Conducting Medical Research in Tanzania”  

Dr. Mwelecele N. Malecela – Chairperson Medical Research Coordinating Committee of the GoT and Prof. Muhammad Bakari Kambi – Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children of the GoT, in a letter dated 11th October 2016, communicated to the TWENDE Principal Investigator for Tanzania the GoT’s decision granting TWENDE ethical clearance and therefore permission to conduct the TWENDE study in Tanzania.

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