The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia and the international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières are pleased to welcome the participants and guests attending the 4th Tuberculosis Symposium for Central Asia and Eastern Europe, which will take place in Yerevan on 17th and 18th February 2015.
This medical forum is bringing together a delegation of 150 participants and speakers: representatives from the Ministries of Health of the region, experts from Médecins Sans Frontières as well as other national and international organizations and donor agencies such as the World Health Organization, Partners in Health and the Global Fund.
The symposium, dedicated to “New treatments and approaches to tuberculosis”, aims at sharing information and experiences on new developments in the fight against tuberculosis, and particularly against the drug resistant forms of the disease, which are a public health concern in the region.
For the first time in many years, health professionals have new hope for improved treatments for drug resistant tuberculosis, with new drugs coming onto the market, and re-purposed drugs expanding the treatment options. This opens the door to research on new, shorter, less toxic and more effective treatment regimens.
Combined together with innovative approaches to nutrition and adherence support, surgery care and cross border control and care for patients, this could bring the hope to better treatment outcomes.
This platform for discussion is an opportunity for the actors to exchange on the results they have achieved so far and the perspectives for the future, in the firm belief that joint efforts could contribute to a reduction of drug resistant tuberculosis transmission all over the region.