TB Day 2021

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Doctors Without Borders (India), in collaboration with the National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases (NITRD) is organising our first annual TB Day event.

Through the ‘TB Day’ sessions, we aim to track the journey of Indian healthcare systems and highlight the significant role that India can play in leading efforts to combat this major public health challenge at the national and global level. We also aim to highlight what are some of the key gaps and opportunities in current service delivery models and how close we are to eliminate TB by 2025. The event will be a mix of symposia, presentations and panel sessions by eminent speakers from MSF, NITRD, WHO, PATH, CTD among others.


 Event Date: 25th September 2021

 Location: Online

 Time: 09:30 – 16:00 IST / 04:30 – 10:30 UTC  

25th September 2021, Saturday

9:30 – 10:00 | Registration & Tea

10:00 – 10:55 | Introduction

  • Brief overview of TB burden in India and NITRD’s response

Dr Ravindra Kumar Dewan, Director, National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease (NITRD)

  • Global context of TB burden: Challenges, management strategies, potential solutions

Dr Farhat Mantoo, General Director, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) India

  • Current TB scenario in India: How close are we to eliminate TB (2025)

Dr Kuldeep S. Sachdeva, Regional Director- International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)- South-East Asia

10:55 – 12:00 | Session 1: Lessons learnt of DR-TB care in resource-limited settings  

Moderator: Dr Kavita Singh, Director, Drug for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), South Asia

  • Paediatric drug-resistant TB care: MSF experience

Dr Homa Mansoor, TB/ HIV Medical Referent, MSF (India mission)

  • Post-TB sequelae in patient management 

Dr J.K. Saini, Chest Specialist, National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease (NITRD)

  • Rising importance of thoracic surgery in Indian TB care

Dr Pallavi Purwar, Thoracic Surgery Specialist, National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease (NITRD)

  • Q&A session

12:00 – 13:00 | Session 2: Recent advances in TB treatment and care (Introduction)  

Moderator: Ms Leena Menghaney, Regional Head (South Asia), MSF-Access Campaign

  • Experience of newer drug-based regimens in drug-resistant TB management with extensions and outcomes 

Dr Vijay Chavan, Chest Specialist, MSF-OCB (Mumbai)

  • Multidrug-resistant TB strategy and need to standardize guidelines

Dr Rupak Singla, Head, Department of TB & Respiratory Diseases, NITRD

  • Overview for the role of innovation in TB ecosystem –

Dr Shibu Vijayan, Global TB Technical Director, PATH

  • Q&A session

13:00 – 13:45 | Lunch Break

13:45 – 14:30 | Panel Discussion: Measures to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on TB – National Level

Moderator: Dr Vineet Bhatia, Medical Officer, World Health Organisation (WHO)

Dr Aparna Iyyer, Project Medical Referent, MSF-OCB (Mumbai)

Dr Rohit Sarin, Principal Consultant, National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease (NITRD)

Ms Bulbul Sharma, Survivors Against TB

14:30 – 14:55 |Keynote: Global role of India in TB ecosystem

Dr. Bern-Thomas Nyang’wa, Medical Director, MSF-OCA

14:55 – 15:20 |Free discussion – around MSF panels and how we can take the collaboration further 

Moderator: Dr Farhat Mantoo, General Director, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) India

(This session will not be streamed online

15:20 – 15:45 | Future plan of NTEP for improving access and quality of TB care to citizens

Dr Sudarshan Mandal, Deputy Director General (TB), Central TB Division (CTD)

(This session will not be streamed online

15:45 – 15:50 | Vote of thanks and closing notes

(This will not be streamed online) 

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