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A TB scientific section working group

The BRICS TB Research Network emerged from the BRICS TB Cooperation Plan, endorsed during the 6th Health Ministers Meeting in New Delhi in 2016, and further supported by the BRICS Heads of State, as outlined in the Xiamen Declaration of 2017.

The network's objective is to facilitate collaborative scientific research spanning from fundamental to operational aspects, aimed at advancing diagnostics, vaccines, drugs and their regimens, Tuberculosis infection control, and patient service delivery.
Annual meetings rotate among member countries' cities, with this year's gathering themed "Tuberculosis and Socially Significant Infections: Challenges and Solutions in the Post-Covid Period," held in Moscow, Russia, from April 23 to 25, 2024. Emphasizing the crucial role of Biosafety and Infection Prevention Control (IPC), Fernando Sanches, representing the Academic Tuberculosis Program at the Thorax Disease Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and serving as a member of the Infection Prevention and Control Commission at the Piquet Carneiro University Polyclinic/State University of Rio de Janeiro, and Chair of the IPC Working Group at THE UNION, delivered a presentation titled "Issues in Tuberculosis Control."

Conducted in Russian with support from Dr. Alexander Trusov, IPC Working Group co-chair, the presentation highlighted field experience and collaborative efforts between academia, researchers, and educational institutions globally, including partnerships with the Federal University of Viçosa, Federal University of Uberlândia, and IPC Working Group of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Fernando outlined perceptions and strategies regarding Biosafety and Infection Prevention and Control from IPC Working Group members, emphasizing their potential impact on global biosafety and infection control initiatives.

Furthermore, Fernando underscored the ongoing imperative to address gaps and challenges in enhancing training opportunities for healthcare professionals. This conceptual framework is crucial for fostering pragmatic approaches across laboratory and healthcare settings. More than a technical and scientific endeavor, it entails creating a culture of biosafety, biosecurity, and infection prevention and control, fostering continuous improvement of practices and awareness to mitigate future pandemic events.

Hence, there is a call for members to join this IPC Working Group, contributing to and taking the lead in initiatives that strengthen the diversity of frontline perspectives and knowledge. Together, “YES, WE CAN END TB!”

The event`s link can be accessed at: https://mzit.org/news/tuberkulez-i-sotsialno-znachimie-infektsii-vizovi-i-resheniya-v-postkovidniy-period/    - it is in Russian, however, is possible to translate the page, if you need any other information. 

Other links to the official event
The newsletter - https://mzit.org/upload/files/inform_230424.pdf

The complete program - https://documents.theunion.org/web-uploads/Программа_ТБ 23_25 апреля_полный.pdf (we are at the page 27, at the top, the first one beginning 13:45 - 14:00)

 
Infection Control working group
Fernando Sanches
Alexander Trusov
Matsie Mphahlele