Representatives from ARK Foundation and its partners from UK and Nepal joined the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health held in Hyderabad, India from 30th October to 2nd November 2019.
A 3 hours session was dedicated to “The importance of smoking cessation in Tuberculosis (TB) patients. Evidence from observational studies, randomised controlled-trials, process evaluation and implementation science”. Helen Elsey and Anna-Marie Marshall from the University of York coordinated the session.
At the event, Anna from York talked on the evidence of the TB-Tobacco Link and prevalence of smoking in TB patients in countries. Helen Elsey from the University of York, UK presented on the effectiveness of strategies for smoking cessation in TB patients. She also presented the results from Trial and Behavioural support for smoking cessation and TB outcomes. Sushil Baral from Herd International, Nepal presented their experience of implementation and scale-up at Nepali context. Zunayed Al Azdi from ARK Foundation presented experiences and findings from Bangladesh at the end of the session. Dr Rumana Huque, Executive Director of ARK Foundation addressed queries of the audience present at the session. Syed Mahbubul Alam, Adviser of ARK Foundation was also present at the event.
ARK Foundation thanks all the researchers, partners, collaborators, well-wishers inside and outside the country for supporting in TB & Tobacco project. We wish that our work and tested solutions will bring change in the health outcome of TB patients in countries.
Detailed findings, outputs, materials and presentations on the project will be available at https://tbandtobacco.org/