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Millwood, VA, October 26, 2016

Project HOPE is to announce promising outcomes from studies aimed at improving the detection of Tuberculosis (TB) through diagnostics, and preventing the contamination of sputum samples in southern Malawi at the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool, England October 26-29. The NGO will also announce successes in strengthening TB patients’ adherence to treatment through a food parcel distribution program in Kyrgyzstan.

The Union World Conference on Lung Health is the world’s largest gathering of clinicians, public health workers, policymakers, researchers and advocates working on all aspects of lung health, including TB, HIV and tobacco control. The theme of this year’s conference, Confronting Resistance: Fundamentals to Innovations, will address major challenges including the problem of resistance to existing TB drugs. 

“Over nine million people become ill with TB each year, yet one third are not properly diagnosed or effectively treated,” said Alex Trusov, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Director, Tuberculosis Portfolio at Project HOPE. “We are honored to present our findings at the conference and eager to be part of this collective effort to advance the diagnoses and treatment of TB, to help patients adhere to their treatment schedule and find innovative ways to improve TB detection,” said Dr. Trusov.

Project HOPE will present results from the following studies:

  • “Field testing of TB sputum specimen optimizer (OMNI-gene) in Malawi” (oral presentation)

  • "Implementation of molecular diagnostics program to improve TB case detection in Malawi"(Abstract)

  • “Kyrgyzstan Food parcels distribution practice and its influence on strengthening patient's adherence to treatment" (Abstract)

  •  “Addressing Cross Border Control of Tuberculosis Among Labor Migrants in Kazakhstan” (poster)

For more than 25 years, Project HOPE has implemented infectious disease programs that support the prevention, management and control of diseases, specifically targeting the needs of the countries and communities in which we work. Project HOPE implements TB prevention, control and treatment programs that also address multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) and TB/HIV co-infection. HOPE’s approach to TB management focuses on strengthening health systems by improving the skills and knowledge of health professionals and upgrading laboratory services and equipment.

About Project HOPE

Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS Hope, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 30 countries. Visit our website projecthope.org or follow us on Twitter @projecthopeorg.

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Geraldine Carroll
Tel.: +1.540.257.3746
Email: gcarroll@projecthope.org

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