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Taking place on 15th and 16th of April in the country's capital, the meeting aims to update the results and discuss the strategies of the project and its ancillary studies, bringing together researchers from Mozambique, Eswatini and Uganda, where STOOL4TB is being implemented.


In Mozambique, 50% of the study's recruitment has already been completed, according to the head of the Tuberculosis Area and general coordinator of the study, Dr. Alberto García-Basteiro: "A total of 888 children and 676 adults were recruited, representing one of the largest recruitments for a TB diagnostic study in these populations, with the possibility of doing other secondary analyses with the data collected," he commented.


As CISM is responsible for managing and cleaning the database within the consortium, the data cleaning plan for the entire project was presented, as well as an update on the social component in relation to the acceptability of faeces as a sample for TB diagnosis.


The Principal Investigator of the Manhiça site, Dr. Sozinho Acácio, spoke about the challenges in recruitment and the actions taken by the team to speed up recruitment.


Funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), STOOL4TB aims to evaluate a new quantitative stool PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) for the diagnosis of Tuberculosis in children under eight and adults living with HIV.

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