November 10, 2017 5:17:47 am
Faculty experts from the B J Medical College made presentations on various topics pertaining to tuberculosis (TB) at the 48th World Union Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara, Mexico, held last month. The topics discussed by the faculty included prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in patients with childhood TB, delays and barriers in early treatment for the disease and diagnosing genital TB as an emerging cause of infertility.
The union is a global scientific organisation with a mission to improve health among people living in poverty. It conducts scientific research, works with governments and other agencies to translate research into better health for people around the world and deliver projects directly in the field. Of the 10 million people who die each year from lung diseases, some 80 per cent live in resource-limited countries.
The conference unites researchers, global advocates, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and students working on all aspects of lung health, under the theme “Accelerating Toward Elimination”. The conference was attended by over 2,000 delegates from 100 countries to achieve the goals that have been set for the global lung health agenda. This year’s focus was on how to accelerate towards elimination on multiple fronts, including tuberculosis (TB) and co-infections, improving tobacco control and reducing air pollution.The focus specifically was on the challenges faced by countries with low and middle income.
The conference program included 800 scientific presentations globally and faculties from B J Government Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, had been invited to present their research on tuberculosis, especially highlighting Pediatric and Genital Tuberculosis. Dr Aarti Kinikar made a presentation on prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in patients with Childhood TB, while Dr Chhaya Valvi focused on delays and barriers in early treatment initiation for Childhood TB. Dr Shilpa Naik emphasised on the need for an intensified approach in diagnosing Genital TB as an emerging cause of infertility while Dr Vasudha Belgaumkar drew attention to barriers in Isoniazid Preventive therapy uptake in children with Latent Tuberculosis.
The researchers presented emerging issues in tuberculosis and elimination in high burden setting like India. B J G M C and Sassoon General Hospital have a research cell under the guidance of the dean, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, that focuses on research related to tuberculosis, HIV and many non-communicable diseases. Researches done at the centre have helped add to new clinical evidence-based guidelines globally.
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