Seminar Description: At present, we are not on track to reach the global targets established by the World Health Organization’s End TB Strategy. This talk will outline the steps that need to be taken in order to eliminate tuberculosis—searching actively for patients with TB, treating all forms of TB, and preventing new TB cases through preventive treatment. In addition to the Search-Treat-Prevent framework, this talk will also discuss the mobilization of community-based platforms to integrate the diagnosis and treatment of TB with other co-prevalent conditions.
Speaker: Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, ScM, is the Director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) at Harvard Medical School. He is also Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. With advanced training in both medicine and anthropology, Dr. Keshavjee is an expert in drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment and the anthropology of health policy. Dr. Keshavjee is leading an initiative at Harvard Medical School on how to achieve zero deaths from tuberculosis, and has been working with global partners to build the Zero TB Cities Initiative.