World TB Day 2012
This year London participated in a series of events with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to commemorate World TB Day. The theme of ‘Urban TB Control’ focussed on the specific challenges faced by the TB control programmes in London, Barcelona, Milan and Rotterdam and highlighted successful practice in these cities.
The LHP TB team organised an event on the morning of 22 March 2012 to mark World TB Day. This event provided an update and feedback to key stakeholders, who have supported development of the London TB Case for Change and proposed Model of Care and was well attended by representatives from other interested organisations to hear about the London solution to address TB.
Presentations from the event are available in the full presentation pack. The feedback can be downloaded
Participants at the event also had an opportunity to participate in the STOP TB campaign by creating their own TB banner. Local organisations and community groups also held stands through out the day to showcase their local support to the TB community. Take a look at the fantastic pictures
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The TB team at London Health Programmes also worked with TB services, NHS and non NHS services, local community groups, local public health teams and commissioners to promote their local TB events. Here is a snapshot of some of the local events which took place across London
Barking, Havering and Redbridge
BHR University Hospitals NHS Trust held educational talks at both King George Hospital and Queens Hospital for their nurses and health workers to raise awareness and knowledge of TB amongst health professionals. Health professionals in direct access settings need access to information, education and training about TB signs and symptoms and risk factors to promote recognition, consideration of TB diagnosis and referral to specialist services. Have a look at their pictures to see how it went
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University Colleague Hospital
The UCL Institute for Global Health marked World TB Day with a meeting that addressed tuberculosis as a challenge to London and UK health services and set it in a global context, with the launch of Tuberculosis and TB/HIV; Controversies and unanswered questions, a Journal of Infectious Diseases special supplement edited by Professor Ali Zumla (UCL Centre for Clinical Microbiology) and Marco Schito (National Institutes of Health, USA).
Embrace UK, in conjunction with restaurant and Khat owners held information stalls to raise awareness amongst the local community. Based at Bruce Grove outside a local Somalia restaurant and Khat house the events engaged with residents by providing information on signs and symptoms of TB, how to access services and information on treatment and medication.
These events highlighted the importance of working at both a local and city-wide level and of joining up the various parts of the system.
The Newham Chest Clinic worked with the local community to raise awareness of TB held an event on 22 March. The team focused on health promotion with communities with the highest incidences of TB, including students and the Somali community.
The Croydon University Trust held a number of events during the week of World TB Day. The events engaged with health workers and community members from across Croydon and encouraged them to talk about TB.
An event on 19 March with the Salvation Army talked about TB with Croydon’s homeless community. There were information stalls along with talks with client and staff groups about how TB can affect the homeless community.
The trust raised awareness about TB in the Somali community on 20 March by distributing leaflets and facilitating discussions between service users, TB Alert and the staff of the Wills Road Community Centre.
The Westminster Drug Project, with TB Alert, held an awareness raising event on 21 March that will include talks with staff and service users.
As part of Coulsdon College Health Week there were stalls raising awareness of TB with students. This included information from TB Alert as well as talks with staff and students.