The Ministry of Health will hold a conference on Wednesday, 23.3.2016
World TB Day will take place on 24.03.16. The Department of Tuberculosis and HIV will hold a national conference on "Dealing with drug-resistant and most drug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR / XDR) – around the world and in Israel" on Wednesday 23.3.2016 at the Convention Center in Ramat Efall- attached hereby you will find an invitation to the event.
The World Health Organization estimates that the number of drug-resistant TB patients is about 480000 people. In Israel only a few cases are diagnosed each year. However, the Ministry of Health and the different healthcare services make efforts to diagnose monitor and treat these patients as part of the national plan to eradicate tuberculosis.
Taking TB medication sporadically, can cause bacterial strains that do not respond (resistant) to two key drugs for treating tuberculosis: Isoniazid and Rifampicin or other drugs.
Worldwide reports exist of cases of tuberculosis resistant to most currently available drugs (XDR-TB – Extremely drug resistant). This severely limits the treatment options for patients infected with this bacterium. This phenomenon exists in most countries and Israel. In Israel isolated cases of TB strains that meet the definition of extreme drug resistance, have been identified.
The department of Tuberculosis and AIDS, in collaboration with national laboratories and centers for TB diagnosis and treatment of TB continue to monitor developments regarding the world and Israel, to be able to meet the highest standards.
These efforts are bearing fruit and the proof is that in 2013, the World Health Organization noted that the Israeli plan to treat TB is a success story ".
These issues and dealing with other challenges will be discussed at the conference TB Day 2016, attended by a representative of the World Health Organization, Dr. Dennis Falzon.
TB – History and epidemiology
Characteristics of TB treatment
Tuberculosis cases by place of birth, Israel 1989-2014