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MSF at 40th Union World Conference on Lung Health

Feasibility of Non-Sputum Based TB Tests for Young Children: “EYES WIDE SHUT”?

40th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Cancun, Mexico
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - Side Meeting
Venue: Room Isla Mujeres 2+3, Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions
Saturday 5 December 2009, 5:00-7:00 pm
Contact: access@msf.org

While it is currently estimated that there are globally over one million incident cases of childhood tuberculosis (TB) yearly, the real extent of childhood TB remains unknown. This is largely due to the fact that the high inadequacy of current diagnostic tools means clinicians have major difficulties in establishing a definite diagnosis of TB in children. This meeting will briefly describe the current challenges faced in paediatric TB diagnosis as well as potential routes towards the development of non-sputum based diagnostic tools. An expert panel will discuss the potential initiatives to be undertaken in order to address the lack of gold standard assays and infant TB case definition, therefore enabling test developers to expedite the development of new tools that could undergo evaluation studies in real clinical settings.

Agenda:

Opening address
Dr Tido von Schoen-Angerer,
MSF Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines

Part 1: The unmet needs in diagnosing childhood TB
Chair: Dr Francis Varaine, MSF
-Childhood TB: the extent of the neglect
Dr Ben Marais, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
-The challenge of diagnosing childhood TB in resource-limited settings
Dr Doris Mesia, MSF

Part 2: Towards a non-sputum based test: promising tracks and challenges ahead
Chair: Dr Madhukar Pai, McGill University, Canada
-TB point-of-care expert meeting: children as one of the highest priority medical needs
Martina Casenghi, MSF Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines
-There are some solutions - Existing science can be adapted to meet field needs
Dr David Kelso, Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies, Northwestern University

Part 3: How can the lack of gold standard be addressed?
Chair: Dr Anneke Hessling,
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
- Panel discussion
Panelists:
Dr Ben Marais, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Dr Luis Cuevas, TDR/WHO
Dr David Moore, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Stephen M Graham, Centre for International Child Health, Department
of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Royal Children’s Hospital, Australia Views on Financial Commitments Needed and Meeting Conclusion

Dr Tido von Schoen-Angerer, MSF Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines

Download the invitation.