Unitaid-backed programs and research studies will feature prominently at the Union World Conference on Lung Health. Highlights include the results of two major clinical trials evaluating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment and prevention. This includes the results of the endTB clinical trial, which sought to find additional, all-oral, shorter treatment regimens for MDR-TB, and the TB-CHAMP trial, which led the first gold-standard evaluation into MDR-TB prevention for children.
Additional updates from Unitaid programs will share advances in TB diagnostics, preventive therapies, child medicines and more over the course of the conference. Join us for the following sessions.
Wednesday, 15 November
- Challenges faced by children taking anti-TB medication | 10:20–10:34
- Additional research in improving TB drug administration in children | 11:16–11:30
TB Preventive Therapy – how far are we? 16:45–18:15
Thursday, 16 November
- Pharmacokinetic-toxicity analysis of long-term linezolid use in children with MDR-TB | 8:41–8:48
- Palatability preferences in children; the swish-and-spit taste panel approach for formulation development | 9:30–9:37
- Efficacy and safety of levofloxacin preventive therapy in child and adolescent household contacts of multidrug-resistant TB: the TB-CHAMP double-blind placebo-controlled, cluster randomized trial | 10:38–10:47
Guarantee equitable and universal access to innovations in the fight against TB: Roundtable discuss at the Expertise France booth in the exhibition hall 14:00–15:00
Friday, 17 November
Saturday, 18 November
Drug sensitive TB: Treatment and Care 8:30–10:00
- The socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in households having children with rifampicin-resistant TB: Qualitative study from South Africa, India and Philippines | 9:29-9:38
TB stigma, discrimination and equity 13:15–14:45
- Stigma in households of children with rifampicin-resistant TB in South Africa, India and the Philippines | 13:20–13:29
- Presentation of the primary evidence on the diagnostic accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and acceptability of targeted next-generation sequencing, generated through Unitaid’s Seq&Treat project
In a special session held in advance of the Union Conference, Unitaid and the World Health Organization will convene national TB program representatives from more than 25 high-burden countries and technical partners to discuss progress in implementation, share available results to date, and identify key implementation bottlenecks to unlock the TB response and reach the most vulnerable with affordable, accessible solutions without delay.
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