20TH AU CONFERENCE ON LUNG HEALTH OPENING IN ACCRA MONDAY

ACCRA, The 20th African Union (AU) Conference on Lung Health opens in Accra on Monday with more than 800 delegates from Africa and around the world attending the four-day meeting to deliberate on ways of fighting tuberculosis (TB) and related lung diseases on the continent.

The conference, which is taking place under the theme, Accelerating Implementation Through Partnership to end TB, HIV/TB, Tobacco and other related non-communicable diseases (NCDs),also marks the 50th anniversary of the Ghana Society for the Prevention of TB (GSPT).

The conference, described as the continent's premier TB conference, is being attended by researchers, health care professionals, public administrators, civil society, communities, pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufacturers working on TB and lung disease control from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

It aims to contribute to the health promotion and control of TB and lung diseases in African Regio through research presentations, workshops and discussions. It will cover the areas of HIV/TB, tobacco, epidemiology, health systems, and advocacy in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Stop TB Partnership and other institutions.

The chairman of the conference organizing committee, Dr Frank Bonsu, said the meeting would provide an opportunity for researchers, academia, scientists, policy-makers, service providers, politicians and civil society to learn and share the latest clinical, scientific, social and programmatic topics on TB, NCDs, TB/HIV, tobacco and other lung health-related issues.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK