16th Annual Conference of The Union-North America Region

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel Riverwalk

Location: San Antonio, United States

Event Date/Time: Feb 23, 2012 End Date/Time: Feb 25, 2012
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Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the 16th Annual Conference of The International Union Against TB and Lung Disease, The Union - North America Region (NAR), February 23-25, 2012. This year's conference will take place on beautiful Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. This venue not only offers many sights and attractions that can only be found in the great state of Texas, it also offers access to our colleagues in the Latin America and Caribbean regions as well as those providing TB care along the US-Mexico border.

The role of The Union - NAR is more essential than ever as people across the globe have increased access to one another and to the world around them. While this access leads to a better understanding and sharing of cultures and ideas, it can also lead to the spread of contagions like tuberculosis, and of growing concern, the spread of highly drug-resistant strains of TB. The Union-NAR's mission is "to harness the significant capacity of the Region to enable members and other health care providers and administrators to promote better lung health care... with TB control being a priority" and our annual conference is our primary forum to accomplish this mission.

This year's conference, titled Current Challengs Strategies and Advances in TB, will address relevant clinical and programmatic issues, introduce innovative tools, and suggest practical approaches for TB prevention, care and control to prepare our TB workforce to face today's challenges. Most importantly, this conference allows people like you - those who are ready to face the challenges that TB creates in an ever-changing world - a chance to meet and exchange ideas. In this climate of economic constraints and diminished resources, we need now more than ever to strenghten and sustain our networks, research, and advocacy efforts if we are to achieve our common goal of TB elimination.