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The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), SECTION27 and Oxfam will host a meeting on the morning of the launch of the 3rd SA TB Conference in Durban. The meeting will bring together community members, patients, activists, health care workers and government. The aim of the meeting is to examine challenges in reducing new cases of, and treating, tuberculosis (TB) and drug resistant (DR) TB.

The meeting is open to the public. If you would like to attend please confirm with

When: Tuesday 12 June, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Hall 3B, International Convention Centre, Durban


9:00 – 9:30: Opening led by Vuyiseka Dubula, General Secretary of TAC

Session 1: Pricing of TB diagnostics and DR TB medicines

9: 30 – 10:00: Mark Harrington, Director of the Treatment Action Group
Gene Xpert pricing and the need for affordable TB diagnostics

10:00 – 10:30: Dr Helen Cox, TB epidemiologist for MSF
DR TB medicine prices and medicines in the pipeline

10:30 – 10:40: Discussion

Session 2: Decentralisation of DR TB care

10:40 – 11:10: Dr Norbert Ndjeka, Director Drug Resistant TB, TB & HIV, NDOH
How far have we come in decentralising DR TB care nationally

11:00 – 11:30: Bruce Margot, KZN DoH
Rolling out decentralised DR-TB care at a district level

11:30 – 11:45: Tea

11:45 – 12:15: Busiswe Beko, DR TB Counsellor and, Dr Jennifer Hughes, TB medical doctor for MSF
Patients’ experience of decentralised DR TB care

12:15 – 12:30: Discussion

Session 3: TB in Prisons

12:30 – 1:00: Speaker TBC
TB transmission in prisons: a mathematical model and a court case

1:00 – 2:00: Discussion and closing