TB Day 2024

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is organising the 3rd edition of the annual TB Day, a gathering of experts committed to advancing the fight against tuberculosis (TB). Our platform facilitates collaborations, networking opportunities, and sharing insights to address and advocate for challenges related to TB treatment and management.

In 2024, we are hosting TB Day in collaboration with Nepal’s National Tuberculosis Control Centre (NTCC) in Kathmandu, our agenda targets the medical and academic communities of South Asian countries, encouraging diversity of ideas and incorporating medical and operational experiences rooted in scientific evidence. We intend to emphasise the need for increased funding, TB management in complex settings- conflict zones to urban slums, and the latest vaccine trials to drive the conversation toward social determinants and preventive measures to create a comprehensive approach to effective TB control.

The event sessions will be a blend of panel discussions and presentations by eminent speakers from MSF, National TB Control Centre (NTCC, Nepal), Doctors For You, Mercy Corps, TB Action Group (TAG), Save the Children, Birat Nepal Medical Trust, Yenepoya Medical College Bangalore, BRAC, among others.

 Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024

 Venue: Hotel Crowne Imperial, Kathmandu, Nepal

 Time: 08:00- 16:00 NPT/ 07:45-15:45 IST

 The conference will also be live-streamed for online audiences.


08:00 – 09:00 | Registration and Tea

09:00 – 09:15 | Opening Remarks and Welcome Note

Dr Farhat Mantoo, Executive Director, MSF South Asia

09:15 – 10:15 | Keynote Address: Nutritional supplementation to prevent TB incidence in household-contacts of patients with pulmonary tuberculosis

Dr Anurag Bhargava, Professor-Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

Dr Madhavi Bhargava, Associate Professor-Community Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

10:15 – 11:35 | Funds – Trickle-down effect, right from the Donors to Beneficiaries

Moderator: Dr Farhat Mantoo, Executive Director, MSF South Asia

Mike Frick, Co-Director-Tuberculosis Program, Treatment Action Group, New York

Dr Shayla Islam, Associate Director, Communicable Disease, BRAC, Bangladesh

Dr Adeel Tahir, Senior Program Manager, Mercy Corps International, Pakistan

Dr Vaishali Venu, Director-Health and Nutrition Program, Doctors for You, India

Dr Kritika Dixit, Research Manager, Birat Nepal Medical Trust, Nepal

11:35 – 12:15 | A Talk on the Tuberculosis Prevention

Mike Frick, Co-Director-Tuberculosis Program, Treatment Action Group, New York

Dr Banu Rekha, Scientist E, ICMR-NIRT, India

12:15 – 13:30 | Lunch

13:30 – 14:50 | Ensuring TB Treatment and Care Across Diverse Settings

Moderator: Leena Menghaney, Regional Head, Access Campaign, MSF South Asia

Conflict Areas

Afghanistan | Dr Taiba Azizi, Medical doctor, MSF-Kandahar, DR-TB project, Afghanistan

Myanmar | Dr Ni Ni Tun, Lead -HIV innovative research for the Myanmar Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Medical Action Myanmar

Densely populated urban areas

Mumbai/India | Dr Samsuddin Khan, Medical Doctor-DR-TB, MSF-Mumbai, India

Dr Lorraine Rebello, Medical Activity Manager, MSF-Mumbai, India

Pakistan| Dr Saifullah Khan, Deputymedco- MSF Islamabad, Pakistan

Difficult-to-reach populations (geographical constraints)

Nepal | Dr Prajowl Shrestha, Director, National Tuberculosis Control Center, Nepal

14:50 – 15:20 | Fostering Collaboration – Exploring Opportunities and Challenges in Public-Private Partnerships for TB Elimination

Moderator: Dr Ravindra Kumar Dewan, Principal Consultant, National Institute of TB and Respiratory Disease, New Delhi

Dr Adeel Tahir, Senior Program Manager, Mercy Corps International, Pakistan

Rajesh Kumar Yadav, TB Coordinator, Save the Children, Nepal

15:20 – 15:30 | Vote of Thanks & Closing Remarks

15:30 – 16:00 | High Tea

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