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Karnataka State Tuberculosis Association and Tuberculosis Association of India are organizing the 65th National Conference on Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (NATCON 2010) to be held at Bengaluru from January 10th to the 12th 2011 at NIMHANS CONVENTION HALL, Hosur Road, Bengaluru 560029

In collaboration with

  • Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka
  • Department of Medical Education, Government of Karnataka
  • Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru.
  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru
  • SDS TRC and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, Bengaluru
  • National Tuberculosis Institute, Bengaluru
  • National Rural Health Mission, Karnataka
  • Karnataka State Aids Prevention Society, Bengaluru
  • Central TB Division, New Delhi.
  • World Health Organization.
  • Indian Medical Association, Karnataka.
  • Karnataka Medical Council, Bengaluru.
  • India Resource Centre of Union, New Delhi.
  • Bangalore Medical College & Research Centre, Bengaluru
  • Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (RNTCP)
  • Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bengaluru
  • Tuberculosis Research Centre, Chennai
  • V.P.Chest Institute & LRS Chest Institute, New Delhi.
  • NGO’s
  • Family Physician Association.

The Technical Committee has selected the following subjects for the above Conference:

  • Epidemiology of TB in SEAR
  • HIV/TB Co-infection
  • Asthma Management in the SEAR
  • Update on TB Diagnosis
  • COPD: Clearing the AIR
  • Sleep-Disordered Breathing
  • HIV/TB Management in closed setting
  • MDR-TB: Emerging Nemesis
  • Management of Pneumonias in the SEAR
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Advocacy for TB Control & Smoking Cessation
  • Atypical Mycobacteriosis
  • Are we prepared for the next Influenza Pandemic
  • Public & Private Partnership for DOTS implementation
  • Tobacco & Lung Health
  • TB in migratory and floating population
  • Air Pollution
  • Paediatric Tuberculosis
  • Bird Flu (Avian Influenza)
  • H1N1 and other viral infections
  • Asthma
  • Use of Oral Tobacco
  • Environment
  • Role of Surgery in Pulmonary Tuberculosis




            The 65th National Conference on Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (NATCON 2010) was organized by the Karnataka State Tuberculosis Association (KSTBA) under the auspices of the Tuberculosis Association of India (TAI) from 10th to 12th January, 2011.  The venue of the Conference was NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore.  Dr.Shashidhar Buggi, Honorary Secretary, KSTBA and his team worked hard to make the conference a grand success.  The team worked under the overall advice and guidance of Dr. R.C. Jain, Vice-Chairman,  Tuberculosis Association of India.

Over 450 delegates attended the Conference.

The conference was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Health Minister, Government of Karnataka, Shri B. Sreeramulu.  Shri Ramadas, Hon’ble Minister for Medical Education, Government of Karnataka, also graced the occasion and released the souvenir brought out on the occasion.

Dr. Prahlad Kumar, President of the conference, delivered the presidential address.  In his address, he highlighted the journey of TB control from pre-chemotherapy era till RNTCP expansion.  He said “The goal of a ‘TB-Free India’ should be in the heart and mind of every citizen of this country in order to prevent the tentacles of TB bacteria from further dissemination in the community.  In order to achieve the ultimate objective of taking out the scourge of TB, each has a role to play in translating the vision of planners of RNTCP into reality.  Every TB patient in the country should have universal access for TB care.”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. R.K. Srivastava, Director General of Health Services Government of India and Chairman, TAI said that India is the largest contributor of global tuberculosis load.  Though RNTCP has achieved a treatment success rate of 85% at the national level, still there are many areas where we are facing challenges like areas outside the pulmonary system.  Sustainability of the programme, cost of treatment, emerging threats of XDR/MDR TB, co-existence of HIV-TB, etc. are major challenges. He hoped that deliberations of this conference would give a direction to this country.

He congratulated the Tuberculosis Association of India (TAI) on organizing this biggest event and highlighted its role, as an NGO, in supplementing and complementing the efforts of the government. 

Dr. S.P. Agarwal, President of Tuberculosis Association of India, in his key-note address focused on challenges of tuberculosis in urban settings.  He said “the burden of suffering and economic loss caused by TB is an affront to our conscience.  TB is a curable and preventable disease.  TB continues to be a public health problem in the world despite the availability of highly effective treatment regimens.  HIV and TB form a lethal combination, each speeding the other’s progress.  TB-HIV co-infection and drug resistant tuberculosis aggravate the TB situation globally.  TB is a leading cause of death in HIV infected persons                   

and HIV infection is the most potent risk factor for developing active TB disease from a latent TB infection.

Dr. R.C. Jain, Vice-Chairman, TAI read out the citations for various awards of TAI which were presented to the recipients by the Karnataka Health Minister.  The inaugural function ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Shashidhari Buggi, Organising Secretary of the Conference.

The Scientific Programme Committee of the Conference had chalked out a very useful programme. On the first day of the conference (10th January, 2011) a CME programme was held for the post graduate students and young delegates.  Three sessions of lectures on various aspects of tuberculosis, respiratory diseases and RNTCP were conducted during the CME.

 During the main conference, besides three prestigious orations, two guest lectures, six symposia and two panel discussions, there were 50 oral paper presentations and   60 poster presentations. Dr. P.K. Sen TAI Gold Medal Oration was delivered by Dr. N. Selvakumar of TRC, Chennai on the subject of “Laboratory support to RNTCP”.  TAI Oration was delivered by Dr. Kandala Venu on the subject of “Mycobacterial Menace – a medical challenge”. Lupin-TAI Oration was delivered by Dr. A.K. Janmeja on the subject of “MDR-TB”.  The OA Sarma guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Rupak Singla on the subject ‘XDR-TB’.  The meeting of the State Secretaries was held on 11th January 2011 in which next venue of the conference was discussed in addition to other discussions.  The meeting of the Standing Technical Committee was held on 12th January 2011.

A colourful exhibition was the highlight of the conference.  Over 15 medical companies, including TAI, FIND and IUATLD, had put up informative stalls giving useful information on TB and chest diseases through charts and working models. A number of informative literature, brochures and books were distributed among visitors.

NATCON 2010 held in Bangalore was an excellent package of academic, social and cultural feast.  The hospitality offered by the Organizing Committee was superb and the delicious food picked from the various areas of  Bangalore were the highlights of the various meals wherein different menu was served on different days. 

In the Business and Concluding Session, the President of the Conference, Dr.Prahlad Kumar gave a brief resume of the Conference activities from the start till the conclusion of the Conference wherein it was highlighted that all the sessions were well attended and the younger workers were participating in large numbers. 

Under Rule 3 (xiii) of the Rules and Regulations of TAI, Drs. A.K. Janmeja, R.P. Vashist, S.M. Govil and S.S. Revadi were elected as representatives of the National Conference to serve on the Central Committee.

Dr. Rohit Sarin proposed a vote of thanks on behalf of the delegates and Dr. Shashidhar Buggi on behalf of the Organizing Committee.




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