Webinar series: COVID-19 and lung health

The COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps the greatest healthcare challenge of a generation. The Union, in collaboration with its global community of members, is pleased to launch an open-access webinar series on COVID-19 and its intersection with tuberculosis (TB), tobacco control, lung disease and more.

Upcoming webinars: 

Thursday 24 September, 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM CEST
Availability of and challenges to resistance testing for second-line drugs, including the new and repurposed TB drugs
Facilitator: Dr Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira, Management Sciences for Health, South Africa
Topic 1: Results of the 2020 DR-TB WG/GDI/GLI Survey, Dr Robert Horsburgh, Boston University, USA Topic 2: Availability of and challenges to resistance testing for second-line drugs; a laboratory perspective, Dr Daniela Cirillo, Milan Supranational Reference Laboratory, Italy
Response: Availability of and challenges to resistance testing for second-line drugs; a programmatic perspective, Dr Fraser Wares, KNCV, The Netherlands
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Friday 9 October, 14:00 - 15:00 PM CEST
TB and Mental Health: An overview
The Union’s TB and Mental Health working group, in partnership with Survivors Against TB (SATB), a community group that works with TB survivors and diverse stakeholders to advocate on creating patient and community focused paradigms of care in TB in India, will hold the webinar ‘TB and Mental Health: An Overview’, on Friday 9 October.
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Past webinars:

For recordings of all past webinars visit The Union Courses online

Tuesday 8 September, 14:00 - 15:00 PM CEST
Novel rapid diagnostics for assessing zoonotic tuberculosis
- Identify the problems and limitations with current human and animal TB testing
- Describe the next generation tests with potentially higher sensitivity and specificity than current tests and where they are in the pipeline
- Can these tests be adapted to assess zoonotic TB disease through rapid Mycobacterium species identification
Moderator: Frederick Quinn, University of Georgia, USA
Speakers: Irene Grant & Linda Stewart, Queen’s University Belfast, UK, Wang, Shu-Hu, Ohio State University, USA, Martin Vordermeier, Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK

Thursday 3 September, 13:00 - 14:30 PM CEST
Maintaining essential child and adolescent TB services during the COVID-19 pandemic: practical solutions and lessons learnt
Facilitators: Dr Farhana Amanullah (Chair of the CAWG; Indus Hospital, Pakistan) and Prof Steve Graham (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Speakers: Dr Shakil Ahmed (Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh), Dr Celia Martinez (PAHO), Dr Sathish Kumar (SAATHII, India) and Dr Chishala Chabala (University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia)

Thursday, 27 August, 14:00 - 15:00 PM CEST
Advancing the fight against childhood pneumonia in LMICs
Speakers will highlight recent literature on epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical signs, risk stratification, pulse oximetry, treatment approaches, including CPAP, clinical trials, air pollution, stakeholder perspectives and prevention efforts, as well as the latest on COVID-19 as a cause of pneumonia in children.

Thursday, 13 August, 16:00 - 17:00 CEST
Desafios no enfrentamento da TB-COVID-19: situação em Moçambique, manifestações clínicas em adultos e diagnóstico sorológico
Portuguese language webinar

Tuesday, 28 July, 13:00 – 15:00 CEST
Rôles et responsabilités dans la réponse au Covid-19, aux maladies non transmissibles (MNT) et au tabac
French language webinar

Thursday, 16 July, 15:00 PM - 16:00 CEST
COVID-19 transmission, similarities and differences with other respiratory pathogens
Speaker: Mark Jackwood, University of Georgia
Moderator: Liliana Salvador, University of Georgia, USA

Thursday 9 July, 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
Caring for Carers - stigma awareness, attention and response This webinar will discuss the importance of stigma in health care facilities and amongst health care providers, and how to recognise and effectively address it. Recognising and addressing stigma in health care facilities and improving the well-being of care providers offers possibilities to create an environment free from fear and discrimination – both for the facility users as well as care providers. 

Friday 10 July, 2:00 - 3:00 AM CEST
Where Bans Are Best: LMICs Must Prohibit E-cigarettes & HTPs to Tackle Tobacco
Expert speakers will discuss The Union's new position paper Where bans are best: Why LMICs must prohibit e-cigarettes and heated tobacco product sales to truly tackle tobacco which considers the potential impact that novel products could have on low- and middle-income countries. 

Wednesday 1 July, 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
Preserving TB and TB-HIV services in the face of an unprecedented pandemic in Africa
This Union member-led webinar builds on this IJTLD article, describing the TB and COVID-19 situation in Zimbabwe, and discussing safeguarding the provision of TB and collaborative TB-HIV services in Africa. Recent international guidance on TB-HIV care during COVID-19 will also be reviewed.

Portuguese language webinar: Qua, 01 Jul 2020 às 16:00 - 17:00 CEST
A luta contra a dupla carga de TB e COVID-19 no Brasil
Facilitadores: Anete Trajman (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) e Anna Cristina Carvalho (Fiocruz, MS). Apresentadores: Dr Denise Arakaki, Ministério da Saúde, Prof Ethel Leonor Maciel, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Carla Almeida, CCAP-TB/Brasil.

Tuesday 23 June, 16:00 - 17:00 CEST
TB preventive therapy: recent advances and future prospects
Moderated by Karin Turner, the speakers will include Gavin J Churchyard amongst others.
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Spanish language webinar: Mié., 24 de Jun. de 2020 16:00 - 17:45 CEST
Fumar en tiempos de COVID-19
Los facilitadores serán el Dr. Gustavo Zabert y el Lic. Gustavo Sóñora. 
Los expositores serán la Dra. Laura Llambí, el Dr. Rogelio Pérez Padilla y el Dr. Carlos Jiménez Ruiz. Con comentario especial del Dr Eduardo Bianco.
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Thursday 18 June, 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
COVID-19 and TB: Personal perspectives
Kate O’Brien and Ezio Tavora Dos Santos Filho, both TB survivors, will chair the discussion. The panellists will be: Claire Forlani, film and television actor and Union Ambassador. Dr Purna C. Kashyap, a COVID-19 survivor, based in the USA. Ms Athira Elssa Johnson, who is currently receiving treatment for TB, and living in Kerala, India. Dr Thato Mosidi, XDR TB survivor, who lives in South Africa.
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Wednesday 10 June, 14:00-15:00 CEST
Monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa: paying attention to health facility admissions and deaths
Speakers:  Former Union President Jeremiah Chakaya, Leo Martinez, Anthony D Harries.
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Spanish language webinar: jueves 28 de mayo, 10:00-11:00 CDT
Desafíos para enfrentar la interferencia de la Industria Tabacalera en tiempos del COVID-19

Moderadores: Gustavo Sóñora y Cristiane Vianna
Participación especial: Dra Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva
Expositores: Silvana Rubano Turci, Jorge Vega Cárdenas, Rodrigo Bolaños
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Wednesday 20 May, 16.00-17:00 CEST
Panel discussion: How to prevent 1.4 million deaths: Advancing TB care and prevention in the time of COVID-19
Moderator: Victoria MacDonald, Channel 4 news
Panellists: Lucica Ditiu, Stop TB Partnership, Marijke Wijnroks, The Global Fund, Tereza Kasaeva, WHO, Cheri Vincent, USAID, Catharina Boehme, FIND, José Luis Castro, The Union, Subrat Mohanty, The Union
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French-language webinar: mercredi 20 mai, 14.00-15.00 CEST
COVID-19 et prise en charge de la tuberculose en Afrique Francophone
Modérateurs : Kobto Ghislain Koura et Bertrand Kampoer
Topic 1. COVID-19 : Considérations pour la prise en charge de la tuberculose. Présentateur : Dennis Falzon
Topic 2. Comment la communauté peut aider les PNT dans le contexte du COVID-19. Présentateur : Edouard Kambou Sansan
Topic 3. COVID-19 : Expérience du PNT du Bénin. Présentateur : Wachinou Prudence
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Tuesday 12 May, 15.00-16.00 CEST
Respiratory protection against TB and infectious diseases (including COVID – 19) transmitted by airborne and droplet spread
Chairs: Amanda Christensen, Australian Respiratory Council and Niesje Jansen, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation 
Speakers: Dr Carrie Tudor, International Council of Nurses, Dr Grigory Volchenkov, Vladimir Regional Tuberculosis Control Center, End TB Transmission Initiative (ETTi)
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Tuesday 12 May, 10.00-11:30 CEST
APCAT Webinar: Government accountability in responding to COVID-19, NCDs and Tobacco Use
Moderator: Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service & Coordinator - APCAT Media
Speakers: Khagraj Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal and Chair-APCAT Parliamentarians; Shameem Haider Patwary, Member of Parliament, Bangladesh; Bima Arya Sugiarto, Mayor, Bogor City Indonesia; Han Kosal, Deputy Governor, Kampong Cham, Cambodia; Jose Martinho Dos Santos Soares, Mayor Ermera City, Timor-Leste; Vinayad Prasad, World Health Organisation; Tara Singh Bam, Deputy Regional Director, The Union Asia Pacific.
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Thursday 7 May, 12.00-13.00 CEST
COVID-19 and Tuberculosis:  Finding Synergies to Advance the Fight.

Speakers: Dr KS Sachdeva (TBC), Indian NTP, Dr Masoud Dara, WHO Regional Office for Europe, and Dr Eliud Wandwalo, The Global Fund, Switzerland.
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Thursday 30 April, 12.00-13.00 CEST
Programmatic Management of TB in High Burden Countries During Initial COVID-19 Response
Chairs: Dr Grania Bridgen, The Union and Dr Francesca Conradie, Helen Joseph Hospital
Speakers: Dr Dennis Falzon, WHO, Dr Vivian Cox, and Dr Norbert Ndjeka, National TB Programme of South Africa
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View all past webinars on Union Courses Online.