Uzbekistan TB symposium brochure
On 14-15 April, 2011, more than one hundred tuberculosis experts came together in Tashkent to discuss their experiences with and the challenges around scaling up tuberculosis (TB) care in the Central Asia region. In the end, everyone agreed: urgent action is needed.
The symposium "Uniting to Scale up TB Care in Central Asia", organized by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, brought together a wide range of actors from across the region to discuss experiences and challenges related to TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) care and the need for scale up of access to diagnosis and treatment of the disease. More than 100 participants from regional Ministries of Health, international organizations and academics attended the symposium, exchanged experiences and discussed challenges as well as best practice examples on the way to scale up TB and MDR-TB care in the Central Asian and neighboring countries represented at the symposium.
“There was a common consensus amongst the participants that there is an urgent need to scale up treatment in order to confront the growing threat that TB and DR-TB in particular represents in the region”, says Dr Philipp du Cros, senior TB expert at MSF.