Combating Pandemics: Today & Tomorrow

The theme of this year’s Union World Conference was “Combating Pandemics:
Today & Tomorrow
”. Because whether it is COVID-19 or TB, lung health pandemics have a grip on humanity, clarifying inequalities as well as our connectedness. As we prepare for future pandemics, we can’t lose sight of the current ones. And we must continue to stand up for those who are most vulnerable.

In a special interview that was regularly aired during the Union Conference, Mustapha Gidado, executive director of KNCV, called upon all TB stakeholders to do the following:

  1. “Rethink and repackage our advocacy strategy on all levels to regain the political commitment to end TB by 2030. It should be as part of pandemic prevention and preparedness and also the overall health security agenda”
  2. “Optimize the current tools globally, by ensuring that TB is seen from the lens of human rights where an infected person should demand for high quality services”
  3. “Ensure better use of quality data for TB planning on all levels.

“Investing in TB,” said Gidado, “is an investment in prevention and preparedness for pandemics globally.”


Top 10 abstracts

The Union also made a top 10 of the highest scoring abstracts presented during the conference. We are very proud the mention that KNCV has worked on 3 of those top 10 abstracts, namely:

  • Digital adherence monitoring of TB treatment in Ukraine: analysis of adherence levels and patient-provider communication before and during the war in Ukraine
  • Facilitating and inhibiting factors for the introduction of digital adherence tools for TB care: analysis of multi-country, cluster randomised trial data
  • A simple one-step stool processing method to diagnose TB in children: data from general hospitals in Southern Ethiopia

To learn more about digital adherence technology for TB treatment, please visit (the ASCENT project) and (the Global DAT Task Force). For more information about the simple one-step stool method, please click here.

Thank you to the organization & everyone involved

With great joy we look back at 4 days of shared passion for global health and the fight against suffering caused by infectious lung diseases like tuberculosis. We like to thank everyone involved in the Union World Conference for sharing their expertise, and of course The Union for letting us share ours.

Programme: Tuesday, 8 November 2022

11:00 – 12:20 Channel 3

Oral abstract session: OA-01 Digital innovations to improve TB control

Rachel Powers: Chair

Bethrand Odume: Delft Light Backpack (DLB) portable digital X-ray for pre-diagnostic TB screening: results from a scale-up intervention in Nigeria

Bethrand Odume: Portable digital X-ray-driven community active case-finding for TB using a virtual radiologist-linkage platform in Nigeria

11:20 – 12:20 Channel 4

Oral abstract session: OA-02 Strengthening national-and global policies: lessons learnt

Sani Usemi: Can effective and sustained advocacy to government increase domestic funding for TB control? Experience from Nigeria

12:30 – 13:50 Channel 1

Symposium: SP-04 Stool-based diagnostics: a game-changer for hard-to-diagnose populations?

Petra de Haas: The Global Laboratory Initiative practical manual for stool testing using Xpert Ultra and lessons learned for implementation of stool testing in children and PLHIV.

12:30 – 13:50 Channel 2

Oral abstract session: OA-03 Management of DR-TB

Mansa Mbenga: Chair

12:30 – 13:50 Channel 3

Oral abstract session: OA-04 Integrated care – how it helps in improving access

Aminu Babayi: The predictors of TB yield: improving efficiency of TB control by comparing various TB case-finding interventions in Nigeria

Top 10 scoring abstract! Natasha Deyanova: Digital adherence monitoring of TB treatment in Ukraine: analysis of adherence levels and patient-provider communication before and during the war in Ukraine

12:30 – 13:50 Channel 4

Oral abstract session: OA-05 Improvements in access to care

Eze Chukwu: Finding missing TB cases through clinical diagnosis using XMAP in Northern Cross River State, Nigeria

Michael Umoren: Deployment of multiple diagnostic technologies for TB diagnosis: a gap-bridging strategy to case finding

15:00 – 16:20 Channel 1

Oral abstract session: OA-06 How could we improve contact investigation?

Chinenye Igwetu: Impacts of stool-based testing on childhood TB case notification in Kano State, northwestern Nigeria

15:00 – 16:20 Channel 2

Oral abstract session: OA-07 Cost and cost-effectiveness of TB interventions

Jason Alacapa: Cost-utility analysis of artificial intelligence-powered, intensified case screening and finding strategies in two urban centres in Mega Manila, the Philippines

16:30 – 17:50 Channel 2

Symposium: SP-07 Large-scale implementation of short-course TB preventive treatment regimens: experiences from the field

Violet Chihota / IMPAACT4TB

Programme: Wednesday, 9 November 2022

11:00 – 12:20 Channel 2

Oral abstract session: OA-11 Expanding active case finding in vulnerable populations

Gift Lawrence: Expanding contact investigation using the spot to tent approach: the Plateau State experience in Nigeria

11:00 – 12:20 Channel 1

Oral abstract session: OA-12 Modelling the impact of TB control strategies

Andrew Mganga: Factors for medication adherence among adult TB patients using digital adherence technologies

Top 10 scoring abstract! Tanyaradzwa Dube: Facilitating and inhibiting factors for the introduction of digital adherence tools for TB care: analysis of multi-country, cluster randomised trial data

12:30 – 13:50 Community Connect Channel

Oral abstract session: OA-14 Prevalence of, risk factors for, mortality due to TB

Nera Kadiri-Eneh: Chair

Nera Kadiri-Eneh: Prevalence of pulmonary TB among prisons inmates in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre, Rivers State, Nigeria

12:30 – 13:50 Channel 3

Symposium: SP-12 Digital health technologies for providing person-centred tuberculosis care: country experiences and suggested strategies for scale-up

Degu Dare: Chair

Kristian van Kalmthout: Digital Adherence Technologies in TB care: overview of the experience from five countries

Jason Alacapa: How digital adherence technologies helped mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on TB services in Philippines

15:00 – 16:20 Channel 2

Symposium: SP-15 Tackling barriers in access to rapid molecular TB testing in remote areas: the Truenat experience

Nkiru Nwokoye: Early experience of Nigeria in implementing Truenat in peripheral health care settings and in active case-finding activities

16:30 – 17:50 Community Connect Channel

Oral abstract session: OA-16 Implementation of TPT

Jhon Suhiharto: High completion rates of 3HP among household contacts despite COVID-19 in Indonesia

16:30 – 17:50 Channel 1

Oral abstract session: OA-17 Active case finding: Impact and Yield

Bethrand Odume: One-stop shop TB diagnostic package for community active case-finding: a pilot intervention during the 2022 World TB Day celebrations in Nigeria

16:30 – 17:50 Channel 3

Symposium: SP-18 What the pandemic taught us: TB programming during COVID-19 and beyond

Egwuma Efo: Chair

Egwuma Efo: User-experience-design & co-creation approaches to develop tailor made tools and approaches to facilitate evidence-based, country-led planning & decision making

Degu Dare: Using the People-Centred Framework for TB programming to plan our way out of the pandemic – introducing the PCF Knowledge Hub & toolkit

Programme: Thursday, 10 November 2022

11:00 – 12:20 Channel 1

Oral abstract session: OA-19 Application of the GeneXpert platform new developments

Golibe Ugochukwu: Improving uptake of stool-based Xpert testing for childhood TB diagnosis in Imo State, Nigeria

12:30 – 13:50 Channel 2

Oral abstract session: OA-21 Susceptibilty resistance

Top 10 scoring abstract! Yohannes Babo: A simple one-step stool processing method to diagnose TB in children: data from general hospitals in Southern Ethiopia

15:00 – 16:20 Channel 1

Symposium: SP-25 Airborne infection prevention and control: the key to preventing the next pandemic

Gidado Mustapha: Commodities supply & management for a successful IPC programme

16:30 – 17:50 Channel 1

Oral abstract session: OA-24 Person-centred care: how new technologies can support

Mansa Mbenga: Decentralisation of ECG monitoring using a mobile device (KardiaMobile-6L) for patients on drug-resistant TB treatment in an outpatient setting

18:15 – 19:15 Channel 2

Meet the expert session: MTE-07 WHO E-learning platform to accelerate uptake of guidelines and new tools

Kristin Kremer: Chair

18:15 – 19:15 Channel 3

Meet the expert session: MTE-08 The importance of nutrition support during TB treatment

Niesje Jansen: Chair

Programme: Friday, 11 November 2022

11:00 – 12:20 Channel 3

Oral abstract session: OA-28 Find and treat; the hurdles and how to overcome

Joseph Omame: Chair

Joseph Omame: Changing the narrative in public-private mix (PPM) case-finding: impact of intensified sensitisation and demand creation by PPM providers in Bauchi, Nigeria

15:00 – 16:20 Channel 1

Oral abstract session: OA-31 Community-centred, rights-based and gender responsive TB care

Rachel Powers: Chair

Onyinye Kene-Eneh: Success stories as an essential tool for TB awareness creation: a case study of KNCV TB Foundation Nigeria’s social media page

15:00 – 16:20 Channel 3

Symposium: SP-34 Providing TB care in conflict settings: an overview of global guidance and lessons from Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Ukraine

Degu Dare: Chair

16:30 – 17:50 Channel 4

Oral abstract session: OA-33 Child and host and community

Itoro Okon: Comparing early warning outbreak recognition system (EWORS) and non-EWORS-guided community TB active case-finding in Cross River State, Nigeria

Programme: E-posters

Integrated COVID-19 and TB services to help recover TB care and prevention services in the COVID-19 pandemic: results from a multi-country survey

KNCV representative: Ineke spruijt

Mental health among COVID-19 HCW

KNCV representative: Ineke Spruijt

The negative and positive predictive value of IGRA for development of TB disease among a TST positive population

KNCV representative: Caro Damarjanan

Feasibility and acceptability of smart pill box with differentiated response to support person-centred tuberculosis care: a multi-country study

KNCV representative: Amare Tadesse

The Simple One-Step (SOS) stool processing method for Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra is robust: results from an optimization study in Ethiopia

Presented by: Bazezew Yenew

Consecutive missed doses and temporal patterns of non-adherence among Tuberculosis patients: Findings from the ASCENT multi-country study

KNCV representative: Jason Alacapa

Digging for case enrolment determinants for Tuberculosis digital adherence technologies: A descriptive doer and non-doer analysis among healthcare workers in the Philippines

KNCV representative: Jason Alacapa

Efficacy, adherence, and safety of latent Tuberculosis infection treatments. Systematic review and Network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

KNCV representative: Dawit Getachew Asefa

Impact of COVID-19 on treatment outcomes of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Ethiopia

KNCV representative: Emawayish Tesema

Use of health system strengthening approach improves national

KNCV representative: Nyasulu

The yield of chest x-ray based versus symptom-based TB screening among patients with diabetes mellitus in public health facilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

KNCV representative: Chaltu Muleta

GeneXpert devices module failure and underutilization: the major changes in Ethiopia GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay rollout: a retrospective study

KNCV representative: Endale Mengesha

KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 120 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB prevention and care, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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