The Pacific Islands Tuberculosis (TB) Controllers Association (PITCA), Pacific Stop TB, and Pacific Chronic Disease Coalition (PCDC) convened the first joint meeting at the Ngarachamayong Conference Center in the Republic of Palau from May 7-11, 2012. During this meeting, a representative from each of the 20 pacific island countries and 10 partner agencies in attendance signed the Ngarachamayong Commitment on Public Health Convergence. This commitment was a display of support, promotion, and promulgation of 12 strategies and activities to prevent and control TB and diabetes. The signing came at the conclusion of the 5-day meeting that comprised of plenary and breakout sessions on topics including: multidrug-resistant TB, contact tracing, case presentations, TB laboratory initiatives, TB and diabetes management, TB and HIV, surveillance, and operational research. Additionally, each pacific island country and partner agency in attendance reported highlights of their TB control & laboratory activities over the past year and presented action plans for the upcoming year.
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Note: Content for this post was provided by Derrick D. Felix, Senior Public Health Advisor for the Hawaii State Department of Health Tuberculosis Control Program.