WIPO Fellowship - Molecular epidemiology description of multidrug resistant TB in Papua New Guinea

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Dr. Evelyn Lavu will use whole genome sequencing (WGS) to describe the molecular epidemiology of MDR-TB in Papua and NCD, PNG and establish the relatedness of NCD MDR types to the Daru outbreak strain.

She will also assess the performance of TB diagnostics in PNG and describe the characteristics and prevalence of drug-resistance of patients diagnosed at the national laboratory over a 5 year period. The findings will guide policy in changing the TB screening test from sputum which has been the main stay of diagnosis of TB in PNG and treatment guidelines for DR-TB.