51st Union World conference on Lung Health
Dr Florian Marx and Abigail de Villiers “virtually” attended the 51st Union World conference on Lung Health from 20-24th October. The impressive opening ceremony featured influential dignitaries, such as President Bill Clinton and World Health Organization Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The conference included developments regarding innovative TB diagnostics, progress towards the new TB vaccine, preventative treatment for TB, to name a few. According to Abigail, the sessions exploring the response to COVID-19 and research into the crossover of diagnostic testing and monitoring for COVID-19 with HIV and TB, were personal highlights. The much-anticipated findings from the first National tuberculosis prevalence surveys in South Africa were also presented at the conference. During live, interactive sessions, Dr Florian Marx presented a talk on “WhatsApp-based interactive communication strategy to reduce initial loss to follow-up among presumptive TB patients in a high-incidence setting”; Abigail de Villiers presented an E-poster on “An adaptive decision-making approach to efficiently deploy TB case finding in high burden communities”. Abigail also participated in one of the many Post-Graduate courses and workshops, namely "Using gamification to optimise placement of Tuberculosis and Covid-19 diagnostics". Despite the conference being held virtually this year, numerous networking opportunities and live feedback was still possible through the platforms virtual messaging and meeting facilities.
Below from left to right Dr Florian Marx and Abigail de Villiers
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