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Title: Involving Professional Societies in TB Control

Involving Professional Societies in TB Control
  • PPM Meeting,
  • Cairo
  • June 4, 2008

Goal and Objectives
  • Goal To obtain input for a project to mobilize
    professional societies for TB care and control
  • Objectives
  • review briefly the results of ISTC pilot tests
  • describe potential roles of societies
  • present ideas and questions for a project to be
    proposed to TBCAP
  • set the stage for the breakout group Mobilizing
    national professional associations for TB control

ISTC Pilot Sites
India Indonesia Kenya Mexico Tanzania
ISTC Focus of a Global Campaign
  • Intends to unite public and private sectors in
    providing a uniformly accepted level of care
  • Describes the essential elements of TB care that
    should be available everywhere
  • Provides a vehicle for mobilizing professional
    societies globally in support of TB programs
  • Serves as a powerful advocacy tool to ensure that
    the essential elements are available
  • Provides support for The Patients Charter for
    Tuberculosis Care.

Findings from Assessment of ISTC Utilization
  • The ISTC provides a vehicle for mobilization
  • Motivated professional societies can play a key
    role in
  • Systematic dissemination of ISTC
  • Education based on ISTC
  • Conducting local situation analyses using ISTC as
    the framework
  • Advocating for the means to adhere to the ISTC

ISTC India
  • IMPACT Indian Medical Professional Associations
    Coalition against Tuberculosis
  • Indian Medical Association
  • Association of Physicians of India
  • Indian Chest Society
  • National College of Chest Physicians (India)
  • Indian Academy of Paediatrics
  • Federation of Family Physicians Associations of

Professional Society Endorsements Indonesia
ISTC Indonesia
  • Coalition formed to conduct a coordinated
    professional society campaign led by Indonesian
    Medical Association with strong support from the
    Indonesian Society of Respirology
  • Dissemination education activities
  • Situation analysis of the constraints to full
    implementation at provincial level
  • Patients Charter Activities

ISTC Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico
  • Kenya
  • Coordinated professional society campaign with
  • Dissemination Education Activities
  • Tanzania
  • Developing coordinated curriculum for medical
    students at all schools in the country
  • Mexico
  • Adaptation at state level via professional
    societies and national/local control programs

ISTC Utilization Role of Professional societies
  • Forming or catalyzing coalitions
  • Serving as conduits to their private sector
    members, including academicians
  • Giving credibility to public health programs
  • Providing technical assistance to programs
  • Conducting training activities
  • Exerting peer pressure
  • Advocating for appropriate resources and

Professional Society Mobilization Project
  • ATS-WHO collaboration (as with ISTC)
  • Preliminary ideas (for input from group)
  • Goal to foster effective collaborations between
    NTPs and private providers.
  • Rationale Professional societies provide a
    systematic means of engaging private providers.
  • Process
  • WHO and NTPs to identify most relevant (and
    willing) professional societies in HBCs (and ?
    others) to be the lead organization.
  • Initiated with a full day session as part of DEWG
    meeting at the Union conference in October.

Professional Society Mobilization Project
  • Seek agreement to form coalitions of societies
    using model of India and Indonesia
  • Present/discuss the outlines (possible
    components) of a work plan.
  • Provide grants (? up to10,000) to fund work plan
    during year 1.
  • Provide TA for work plan development and
  • Review progress/accomplishments at Union meeting
    in 2009
  • Seek country-level funding after first year.

Professional Society Mobilization Project
  • Important questions
  • What is the role of multinational organizations?
  • (examples World Medical Association, Forum of
    International Respiratory Societies ATS, ERS,
    ALAT, APSR, ACCP, PATS, The Union)
  • How many societies should be involved?
  • How can technical assistance be provided?
  • How can/should a focus on professional societies
    be maintained beyond the project?

Weighty Questions can Immobilize the Process