Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 February 2010

South Africa / 2nd SA TB Conference 2010

 

South Africa / 2nd SA TB Conference 2010

PRETORIA, South Africa, February 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The 2nd South African TB Conference will be held at the Durban International Convention Centre from 1 – 4 June 2010.

Conference Theme: Forging Strategic Partnerships to Fight TB and HIV.

Conference Objectives: Pooling resources from all stakeholders and forming partnerships among government departments, international donors, the private sector, civil society and communities to reduce the burden of TB in Southern Africa.

Conference chairperson: Prof Harry Hausler, Medical Director: TB/HIV Care Association and Honorary Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape

Global perspective: In its latest Global TB Report 2009, the World Health Organisation estimated that South Africa has the 5th highest number of TB cases and second highest TB incidence in the world. Despite the adoption of a national TB strategic plan and increased resources being mobilized to fight TB in South Africa, the incidence of TB continues to rise, cure rates remain well below the target of 85% and defaulter rates remain high. With more than half of TB patients infected with HIV, there is increased need for TB/HIV collaboration at every level.

Scope: The 2nd SA TB Conference is a scientific conference that makes provision for local and international scientists and researchers to present papers in two tracks, namely:

· Basic Science

· Clinical, Epidemiological and Operational Research

A third track for Patient and Civil Society Mobilisation and Advocacy will give community leaders, and health and social workers a platform to address involvement at civil society level.

Background: The 2nd SA TB Conference follows on the successful 1st SA TB Conference in 2008 which attracted 1657 delegates, representing 21 countries.

Journalists who are interested in attending this conference can apply for media registration now. Qualifying journalists will receive free access to all plenary and parallel sessions and other activities at the Conference. A media centre will provide on-site support and facilities.

Registration application form attached.

Enquiries:

Magda Naudé, media co-ordinator for the 2nd SA TB Conference

Tel: +27 (0) 12 349 2319

Mobile: +27(0)82 452 5878

magda@confsa.co.za

SOURCE 

South African TB Conference


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