The TB CARE II project was featured at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held in The Hague, The Netherlands from 24-27 October 2018. Specifically, the project’s work in isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT), a Tuberculosis (TB) preventive treatment given to children and people living with HIV, was featured in the Conference’s Prevention Press Conference on Thursday, 25-October 2018. Dr. Lisa Adams from the Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine presented the collaborative work in eSwatini on two pilot studies and the resultant IPT Delivery Toolkit. Dr. Adams described the achievement of integrated care through the integration of IPT delivery into existing ART delivery strategies along with offering patients a choice in IPT delivery methods and whether patients would prefer to receive IPT treatment in the clinic or in the community setting. Finally, Dr. Adams described the observed stigma reduction among patients in the pilot study, in which it was noted that patients who completed IPT were very likely to tell their family or the community.
Aside from this press conference, the IPT Toolkit Science Speaks: Global ID News, a project of IDSA Global Health in which the results of the pilot and gains in person-centered care were described. Read the full article here.