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AIDS 2018

AIDS 2018

SYMPOSIUM:

Tackling co-infection with collaboration: can integration of diagnostic services and technologies help maintain critical momentum in infectious disease control?

Date & time: Monday 23 July 2018, 08:00–10:00
Chairman and moderator: Eric Goosby, UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis

Failing to rapidly detect co-infection and enable people to get the care they need not only puts patient lives at risk and widens opportunities for transmission, but it increases both the personal and public health costs.  As such, it is time to take an integrated approach to the development and implementation of diagnostic tools. This session explored the opportunities and challenges in diagnostic technology integration, and how we can move away from a siloed approach to diagnostic service delivery.

Agenda

  • Welcome and introduction
    (5 min) – Catharina Boehme, CEO, FIND
  • Opening remarks: Preserving the progress: Integration is critical to combat HIV co-infections
    (10 min) – John Nkengasong, Director, African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Enhancing access to diagnosis: What are the opportunities and challenges in diagnostic technology integration?

    (35 min) – Panel discussion, moderated by Eric Goosby

    • John Nkengasong, Africa CDC
    • Cheryl Johnson, WHO
    • Anna Laura Ross, Unitaid
    • Francesco Marinucci, FIND
  • Patient testimony: Impact of integration on the patient experience
    (10 min) – Carol Nawina Nyirenda, Executive Director, CITAMPlus
  • From ambition to reality: How can countries move away from a siloed approach to diagnostic service delivery?

    (35 min) – Panel discussion, moderated by Eric Goosby

    • Freke Zuure, Public Health Service of Amsterdam
    • Achim Kautz, Lebehilfe Projekt
    • Florence Zeh Kakanou, Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon
    • Sabin Nsanzimana, National HIV Program for Rwanda; Rwanda Biomedical Center
    • Lara Vojnov, WHO
  • Q&A
    (20 min) – Open questions, moderated by Eric Goosby
  • Closing remarks
    (5 min) – Eric Goosby

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