From October 30 to November 2, HUMAN was represented with a booth at the world's largest exhibition for lung diseases in Hyderabad. On display was the TB-LAMP method, which represents with its robustness, high sensitivity and the ease of use an excellent and nearly failsafe solution, to improve the diagnostic even in remote areas. The experts on site had many discussions with the most important representatives of all countries around the globe.
In addition, HUMAN and its partner Eiken Chemical Co. Ltd. organized a satellite session as part of the official UNION program. Four different speakers from India, Cameroon and the Philippines shared their experiences and approaches to finding the missing millions.
Dr. Sunil Sethi, M.D. Department of Medical Microbiology at PGIMER, shared the results of a multi-centric TB-LAMP study in PGIMER Chandigarh and AIIMS New Delhi in patients having pulmonary disease other than tuberculosis, which resulted in a specificity of 92-99.2%. In his opinion, the High cost efficiency throughput and accuracy makes TB-LAMP ideally suited for screening in peripheral settings.
The role of different technologies for TB diagnosis; the example of the Philippines - this was the topic of Rosarie V. Gabuya from the Department of Science and Technology. The Philippines is using TB-LAMP in different models of implementation e.g. hospitals, rural, high workload health centers and active case finding activities. Research results on a proposed algorithm using TB-LAMP done by the National TB Reference Lab showed improvement in sensitivity and specificity over smear microscopy and comparable performance to Xpert in the detection of TB.
Already two years ago TB-LAMP was implemented in Cameroon. Dr. Valerie Flore Donkeng Donfack from the Institute Pasteur International accompanied this implementation as an expert and presented the positive developments in the search for TB cases achieved by TB-LAMP, but also the steps that could be improved.
Finally Dr. Shalabh Malik from Dr. Lal PathLabs, Delhi, showed the importance of the private sector in India and how TB-LAMP can contribute with its advantages.
In summary, it was a great event, through which the participants were led by Prof. Nirmal Kumar Guanguly, former Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research, Govt. of India and which ended with lively discussions and answered questions.