Improving TB mortality estimates: Numbers, new strategies and tools
Tuberculosis (TB) is leading single infectious disease killer in the world, responsible for high morbidity and mortality. However, there is considerable uncertainty about the precise number of people dying of the TB. New strategies and tools are needed to improve TB mortality estimates, especially in countries where no vital registration systems exist, or where their coverage is suboptimal. In this presentation, Dr Garcia-Basteiro will review some of the current methods available to estimate TB mortality, as well as discuss the role of minimally invasive autopsies and new diagnostics to ascertain TB as cause of death.
Dr Alberto Garcia-Basteiro currently coordinates the TB research unit at the Manhiça Health Research Center (CISM), Mozambique. He was trained as a physician at University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain, and completed the residency on preventative medicine and public health at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and a Masters Degree of Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He has participated in different research projects and clinical trials in poverty related diseases. Since June 2012, he is affiliated with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). The TB research area at CISM is involved in several large observational studies and clinical trials which contribute to the development of new tools to fight tuberculosis, in particular news diagnostics evaluations and drug clinical trials. Dr Garcia-Basteiro’s interests include the study of the burden of TB disease in different vulnerable populations and characterization of the disease at clinical, microbiological and social level.
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