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TBnet webinar on March 30, 2023

Welcome to the monthly TBnet webinar on 30 March 2023 at 4:00 PM (CET) titled BPaL/M implementation: from research to real world.

Join us on Zoom:

Time: 30 March 2023 at 4:00 PM (CET)

Meeting ID: 811 0989 9086

Passcode: 007813



"BPaL Introduction: multi-country operation research experience" will be presented by:

Veriko Mirtskhulava who is a Medical Doctor with an MPH and Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Global Health with more than ten years of experience in TB research, programmatic management, and capacity building.

She worked as a Global Fund TB Grant manager on M/XDR-TB control at the Georgian NTP. She was a consultant for WHO, USAID, and ECDC, focusing on TB control program reviews and translational and operational research in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Veriko has experience in conducting and analyzing LTBI surveys, clinical impact assessment of new diagnostics, and surveillance data analysis. Veriko joined KNCV in April 2017 as a Technical Officer in Research and Data Management. She worked with the NTPs of Vietnam, Malawi, and Botswana to design and conduct TB prevalence and drug resistance surveys. Since May 2019, Veriko has worked as Senior Epidemiologist and supports countries in introducing new drugs and regimens and building countries’ translation research capacity.

"Treatment plan" will be presented by:

Animesh Sinha - HIV/TB/Hepatitis Advisor with the Manson Unit at MSF UK.

He started his medical career in 2004 as a physician and emergency healthcare provider in remote areas of India with limited access to healthcare. He joined MSF in 2011 and worked in South Sudan, Uzbekistan, Chechnya, and Belarus. Animesh holds a medical degree from Armed Forces Medical College, India, and a Master’s in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. He is also an advocate for access to new drugs and regimens for drug-resistant tuberculosis patients.

and Hannah Spencer - an infectious diseases doctor currently working as TB/HIV/Hepatitis Advisor for the MSF Southern African Medical Unit. She joined MSF in 2012 and has worked in Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uzbekistan, India and Iraq. She is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians UK, has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and a MSc in Public Health for Development.


Ilaria Motta - MSF UK. She is an infectious diseases physician with experience in managing HIV and TB infections in resource limited settings with MSF in 2014 (Central Africa Republic) and other Italian NGO in 2011 (Burundi). In 2018, she obtained her PhD in pharmacokinetics of TB drugs. Since 2017 she has been in the role of medical monitor for TB-PRACTECAL, MSF-UK. Ilaria also collaborates as a clinical adviser to the EndTB clinical trial with MSF-France and she is a candidate for MSc Public Health at LSHTM.

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