TB CARE II recently hosted two technical meetings on TB infection control in Bethesda, MD. The first, which was held May 5-6 and hosted in partnership with Partners in Health, focused on the development of standards for use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) in TB settings.
The second, held May 7-8, reviewed lessons learned from implementation of the FAST strategy, an innovative method of TB and MDR TB case finding in hospital and clinic settings, to reduce nosocomial TB and MDR TB transmission. TB CARE II has been piloting the FAST strategy in a variety of country settings, including Bangladesh, Malawi, and Vietnam. Around 50 participants from 14 countries attended the meetings, including representatives from USAID, MOHs, NTPs, and TB CARE II and URC staff from around the world.