The three-day workshop was hosted by the sultanate and organised by the MoH Directorate General of Disease Surveillance & Control in cooperation with the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. Around 23 experts in public health and infectious diseases from the UK, European countries, USA, South Africa, GCC and the sultanate gave lectures during the workshop.
Dr Saif al Abri, director general of Diseases Surveillance & Control, pointed out that this workshop aimed to bring key experts in academia and public health, and policymakers together to outline the pragmatic implications of rolling out the end TB strategy in low endemic areas.
“We aim for participants to develop skills and acquire knowledge on how to address the major pillars for the elimination of TB as outlined in the action framework for TB elimination in low incidence countries, and the multisectoral accountability framework to accelerate progress to end tuberculosis by 2030.”
The workshop aimed to discuss the most important scientific discoveries and up-to-date studies on TB elimination, as well as exchange experiences between the countries that have managed to reduce the incidences of TB such as the UK, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, the USA and Australia.
Dr Abri said, “We need to start taking action to eliminate TB, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution or approach, so each country will need to take initiatives according to its local situation, and then go through the learning cycle of plan, do, and review.”
The workshop also highlighted latent TB in healthcare workers, the role of molecular diagnosis test in TB elimination, infection control for TB, Zero TB Initiative, etc.