1st National Symposium on Mathematical Modelling Research to Guide Decision Making for Tuberculosis Control in South Africa

1st National Symposium on Mathematical Modelling Research to Guide Decision Making for Tuberculosis Control in South Africa On 27-28th January, SACEMA co-hosted a national symposium entitled “Mathematical Modelling Research to Guide Decision Making for Tuberculosis Control in South Africa”. The two-day symposium was organized collaboratively by SACEMA, the Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC) and the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER, UCT). Fifty-two delegates from 21 institutions attended this successful 1st symposium in recognition of the severe health threat that TB poses to the South African population and the need for capacity building in modelling research to inform local and national TB control efforts.

The symposium consisted of 4 sessions which aimed to highlight current research priorities in the fight against TB, provide an overview of completed and ongoing TB modelling research and initiatives, and discuss opportunities for networking and capacity building to strengthen collaborative TB modelling research in South Africa. Highlights of the meeting included the opening presentation by Dr. Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director General of the National Department of Health, who reported on South Africa’s current efforts in fighting TB and a state-of-the-art lecture delivered by Dr. Christopher Dye (Oxford University) on “The Health Dilemma: Why do we spend so little on preventing ill-health and so much on treating it?”.

A proceedings document and key conclusions and recommendations of the symposium as well as additional resources can be found here.

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