MSH is Presenting at the 41st Union Lung Conference in Berlin, Germany

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is pleased to be presenting and participating at the 41st Union World Conference in Berlin, Germany, November 11-15, 2010.

The theme of this year's conference is Tuberculosis, HIV and Lung Health: From Research and Innovation to Solutions.

If you are attending the conference, please join us at the following events:

Full Day Workshop

Bringing TB and TB-HIV Medicine Management to the Forefront
Friday, November 12, 2010
9:00 - 17:00, Hall 8

Tuberculosis (TB) is the number one killer of people with HIV. Even though TB and HIV programs in many countries have established TB-HIV collaborative functions, there still remains a huge gap in effective management of commodities for TB-HIV co-infected patients and reliable information systems. MSH's USAID-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Program (SPS) and the Global Drug Facility (GDF) will discuss functional approaches to TB-HIV medicine management based on tested strategies to improve access to commodities and information management for effective decision-making.


  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Management for TB and TB-HIV, Chinwe Owunna (MSH/USA)
  • Global Drug Facility: An Innovative Mechanism to Improve Access to TB Medicines and Diagnostics, Anne Zeindl-Cronin (GDF)
  • Evolution of TB, DR-TB and MDR-TB Cases and Medicines Reporting in Brazil: Experiences and Results, Joel Keravec (MSH/Brazil) and Margareth Dalcolmo (Helio Fraga Reference Center for TB - Rio de Janeiro - Fiocruz/Ministry of Health)
  • Improving TB- and DR- TB Information Management: Experience from Eastern Europe, Archil Salakaia (MSH/USA) and Andre Zagorski (MSH/USA)
  • Using Information to Improve TB Decision Making in Dominican Republic: Pharmaceutical Management Interventions and Impact, Edgar Barillas (MSH/USA)
  • Introduction to TB Diagnostic Kit: Dominican Republic and Malawi Experience, Claudia Valquez (MSH/Dominican Republic) and Chifundo Kachiza (MSH/Malawi)
  • Innovative Patient Pack Approach for Management of TB Medicines: The Afghanistan Experience, Dr. Khaled Seddiq (National TB Program Manager Afghanistan) and Dr. Ghulam Qader (MSH/Afghanistan)


On Saturday, November 13, 2010 during the TB CAP- 5 Years of Global Experience symposium (16:30-19:00, Hall 9) in which TB CAP's main achievements, lessons learned and the way forward in TB is discussed, MSH will be presenting on:

  • Community-based DOTS in Afghanistan, Dr. Ghulam Qader, MSH/TB CAP Afghanistan

On Sunday November 14, 2010 during the Fixed-dose Combinations: Past Introduction and Future Innovation symposium (9:00 -11:15, Hall 3) in which the introduction of fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) and their use today will be examined as a means for considering FDC strategies going forward, MSH will be presenting on:

  • Assuring Quality of FDCs: Challenges and Solutions, David Lee

Oral Presentation

Practical Interventions to Improve TB Case Detection: Experience from Ethiopia, Berhanemeskal Assefa Woldemariam, Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 14:00-16:15, 14.2 Oslo Room.

MSH Poster Presentations

Improving TB Case Detection in Ghana: A Systematic and Novel Approach, Rhehab Chimzizi

Community Contribution in TB Case Detection: Experience from Malawi, Chifundo Kachiza

Challenges of Implementing External Quality Assurance and Supervision of Sputum Smear Microscopy in Zomba and Mangochi Rural Districts in Malawi, Chifundo Kachiza

Addressing challenges in preparing the TB Central Reference Laboratory, Malawi, for an national drug resistance survey, Russell Dacombe, Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health

TB Infection Control in Afghanistan: The State of Affairs, Maria Pia Sanchez and Mohammad Rashidi

TB in Urban Cities: Implementation of Urban TB Project - Experience from Kabul, Afghanistan, Azizullah Hamim

Implementation of Community Based- DOTS in Four Provinces of Afghanistan, Dr. Ghulam Qader

World TB Day: Impact of World TB Day Commemorations on political commitment, community awareness and involvement in Afghanistan, Sayed Qubad Zareh

Assessment of Laboratory Practices in Ethiopia: Determining Contributors to Low TB Case Detection, Berhanemeskal Assefa Woldemariam