Presentations, press briefing and Health Policy and Planning supplement
Accelerating Towards Elimination was the theme of the 2017 World Lung Health Conference held in the quaint city of Guadalajara, Mexico from 11 – 14 October. Delegates from more than 100 countries attended the packed schedule of plenaries, symposia and abstracts and researchers from the TB Centre had a very strong presence.
The Health Policy and Planning supplement, ‘Evidence to improve global tuberculosis control strategies: lessons from Southeast Asia’, showcases the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s policy and systems research on tuberculosis. The papers are free to view and can be accessed using the link above. There is also a podcast available with Mishal Khan, Fangli Geng and Anthony Harries as well as the Journal Communications and Development Officer, Natasha Salaria, where they discuss key priorities in TB research, the importance of global control and how drug resistance might influence future research. The supplement was also reported on by a number of outlets, including The Phnom Penh Post and Infzm.Another highlight at this year’s conference was the first award of the Steve Lawn Prize for early-career researchers conducting work related to reducing the disease burden of HIV-associated TB in Africa. This year’s winner was Leonardo Martinez from Stanford University. At the end of this conference there was already interest and discussion about the theme for the 2018 conference – Declaring Our Rights: Social and Political Solutions.