World TB Day - 24 March 2012
World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of several million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch's announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch's discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.
Regional workshop on Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) 26 - 30 March
The Regional Office for the Western Pacific is organizing a workshop on Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization strategy development for TB control in Manila, Philippines with participants from the National TB Programmes and local ACSM activity implementers. This workshop aims to strengthen national capacity to develop measurable and (cost-) effective ACSM strategies that are integrated into national strategic plans as well as to foster collaboration between national TB programmes and non-NTP implementers of ACSM activities. Using their national TB strategic plans, each country will use the "Cough to Cure Pathway" tool to identify known gaps in their TB control programmes and then learn how to transform the gap analysis into a strategic plan (including objectives, expected outcomes and indicators)
At the end of the workshop, participants will have:
- built national capacity to develop ACSM strategies that are integrated into national TB strategic plans, including objective and indicator development;
- conducted a preliminary gap analysis using the Cough to Cure Pathway and
- fostered collaboration between the NTP and ACSM activity implementers through working group and joint gap analysis exercises.
Meeting recommendations and documents
This section will contain the meeting recommendations, report and photographs.