5-7 June 2021

On-line Event           




You are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Programme Committee for participation at the 6th SA TB Conference programme. The conference is scheduled to place at the Durban International Convention Centre from 05 - 07 June 2021.


The theme of the conference is “Free of TB and COVID through Innovation!”


Abstracts will be reviewed according to the following tracks:


Track Themes

Track 1 – Clinical Science: TB & COVID


Track 2: Basic Science: TB & COVID


Track 3: Public Health (incorporating Health Systems and Surveillance): TB & COVID


Track 4: Human Rights, Stigma and Advocacy – TB & COVID


As this conference will be a joint TB and COVID-19 conference, the conference programme will be incorporating the latest developments in the prevention, diagnosis, management and research of both pandemics. Thus, every track will also be dedicating some time and space to the latest COVID developments.


In Track 1 – Clinical Science, the focus will be on clinical aspects of drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB, paediatric TB, HIV and TB co-infection, EPTB, and post-TB lung disease.  The track will also include discussions and presentations on the clinical aspects of COVID-19 infection including the long term sequalae of COVID on the lungs and on health in general.


In Track 2 – Basic Science – the focus will be on the latest developments in the scientific and research world relating to TB and separately to COVID. It will highlight new approaches and novel techniques and treatment options that are in the pipeline. It will include the latest on vaccine development.


Both TB and COVID have an extensive effect on all aspects of public health systems – access to treatment, surveillance of disease, service delivery and procurement systems.

In Track 3 these aspects will be dissected, and problem-solving solutions will be investigated.

In Track 4 the ethical and moral aspects of patients’ rights, their needs and access to service delivery systems will be explored within the framework of the TB Control Programme and the worldwide (and National) response to the COVID pandemic.


Cross-cutting to all tracks will be the themes such as prevention, infection control and patient care.

Deadline for abstract submission is 31 March 2021


If you have submitted an abstract for the TB conference for 2020 and would like to revise it taking above information into account, feel free to re-submit with clear reference to the original submission by 31 March 2021


Guidelines for abstract submissions

The on-line abstract submission system is user friendly. You will be guided through the submission procedure. Please follow the instructions as shown on the webpage. The submitted abstract should contain the following information:

·  Background and Objectives

·  Method

·  Results

·  Conclusion

Abstract Submission Information

TIP: Draft your abstract in text format in MS Word or a similar programme according to the fields described in Step 3 below. Please only use Arial plain font in 10 point. Save it as a document once you are sure the content is ready for submission as an abstract. Copy and paste the text from this document into the field provided under Step 2 of the submission process.

Step 1: Abstract Details

You will be required to complete the following fields:

·  Track

·  Submission type

·  Was the same or similar talk given in SA or abroad

·  Abstract title

·  Authors

·  Author's Mobile Number

·  Author's Work Number

·  Short bio of author

·  E-mail address for nominated author (for reader queries and correspondence)  

·  Abstract Text as per the guidelines below

Step 2: Submission of Abstract Content

Abstracts that report research findings should contain the following concise statements:

Background:        The description of the problem or the hypothesis, the study objectives

Methods:             Study methods used, or approaches taken

Results:               Specific results in summarized form

Conclusions:         Statement about the main outcomes.

Abstracts for reporting on strategies / projects should contain the following concise statements:

Background:       Short statement summarizing the issue(s) addressed by the abstract         

Methods:            A brief description of the project, experience, program, or research

Results:              A brief description of the results or lessons learned

Conclusions:        A brief statement of next steps / recommendation


The following fields will need to be completed under their respective headings:

1. Abstract Information

2. Abstract Title

3. Has the material presented in this abstract been published previously?

4. Preferred presentation: (poster or oral presentation)

5. Preferred track

6. Project Scalability: To scale the described project/activity described to a district /regional/national level, what are the requirements? (new or amended policies, operations, human resources, and financial implications)

Combined text in these fields should not exceed 300 words.

Abstracts can only be submitted in text format – no images or graphs should be included.


 Step 3: Verification of information provided in steps 1 – 2.

All the details that have been provided in the abstract submission process will be presented for verification.  


Click here to submit your abstract