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Meeting on clinical tuberculosis in Yerevan, Armenia, 28-30 June 2019

A successful meeting on clinical tuberculosis took place in Yerevan, Armenia, 28-30 June 2019

The title: Overcoming practical challenges in day-to-day clinical tuberculosis care

The meeting was a part of a series of travelling conferences within KIGG-TB. TBnet is cooperating in with this project. KIGG-TB is funded by the German ministry of Education and Research Clinical, diagnostic and programmatic challenges in the implementation of new diagnostic methods for tuberculosis in regions of Southern Caucasus and Central Asia.

Participants were mainly from Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Germany

Yerevan, Armenia: Dr. Lusine Kocharyan, Head of the National Tuberculosis Control Centre, Ministry of Health Dr. Mher Davidyants, Director, “Nork” Infection Clinical Hospital Eduard Kabasakalyan, Lab Network Manager, National TB Control Center

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Dr. Nestan Moidunova, TB Doctor, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Dr. Gulnura Turdumambetova, Head of TB Department of Kyrgyz State Medical Institute, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Dr. Altyn Iskakova, Deputy Head of NRL, NTP, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Freiburg, Germany: Prof. Dirk Wagner, Department of Infectious Diseases, Freiburg; Dr. Berit Lange, MSc, Department of Infectious Diseases, Freiburg & Department of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Braunschweig; Annabelle Bockey, MSc, Department of Infectious Diseases, Freiburg

External Participants: Dr. Olena Rzhepishevska, TBnet advocacy, Umea University, Sweden Dr. Lorenzo Guglielmetti, MSF

Implementation of new diagnostic methods, differential diagnostic of TB from other diseases and research on implementation were discussed. Networking was partially building on previous cooperation of TBnet with Armenian TB service. At the same time, the new project was bringing in completely new dimensions of TB studies and involved colleagues from Kyrgyzstan. Next meeting of this series is planned in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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