First International Summit on Tuberculosis and Diabetes

October 22, 2015

In an effort to avert a global health crisis arising from Tuberculosis (TB) and Diabetes (DM) co-morbidity, health officials, leading researchers, advocates, businesses and representatives of the civil society will come together in Bali, Indonesia on 2-3 November 2015 at the world’s first International Summit on Tuberculosis and Diabetes.

The summit is hosted by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the World Diabetes Foundation. According to the two organizations, “the summit in Bali marks the first major effort by international health officials and advocates to mount a concerted defense against the looming TB-diabetes co-epidemic. Attendees will review the latest scientific and clinical information on the state of the two diseases.  They will also be asked to sign The Bali Declaration, which will commit them to taking cost-effective actions, such as the implementation of bidirectional screening: routinely checking for TB among people living with diabetes, and vice-versa.”

The TANDEM project will also be represented at the conference: Julia Critchley from St. George’s University London, Nina Ruslami and Bachti Alisjahbana from Padjadjaran University Bandung and Reinout van Crevel from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre will present their latest research and their involvement in the TANDEM study. The summit will also constitute and excellent opportunity to show the progress that has been made within the project so far and to communicate with important stakeholders and TB-DM advocates.

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