Stop TB Partnership

endTB Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 11-16 Sep

The endTB project conducted a successful regional workshop from 11th to 16th September 2017 on the use of new and re-purposed TB drugs. This 6-day workshop was hosted by Interactive Research & Development (IRD) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Funded by Unitaid, the endTB project is a partnership between Partners In Health, Médecins Sans Frontières, Interactive Research & Development. Implementing in 17 countries, the project aims to increase access to new TB drugs and find shorter, less toxic and more effective treatments for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

The workshop participants included clinicians and implementers directly involved in clinical management of MDR-TB patients. Participants from seven Asia-Pacific countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, DPRK, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam) gathered to attend two intense workshop modules; the clinical and training of trainers (ToT) module. The clinical module involved interactive training sessions with active participation from all participants followed by intense discussions on difficult cases and their management. The ToT module focused on provision of practical training techniques for participants to use as a guideline for trainings in their home countries.

Representatives from WHO Geneva and Unitaid were present at the training. Senior NTP leadership from Vietnam attended the opening and closing of the workshop. The endTB regional workshop provided participants with a suitable platform for knowledge and experience sharing, addressing queries, vocalizing and clearing misconceptions and developing a clear, comprehensive understanding on the use of new and repurposed drugs.