Pacific Islands TB Controllers Association (PITCA) Conference

Date: September 9-13, 2019
Location: Koror, Palau

This conference will convene tuberculosis experts from throughout the Pacific Islands and United States mainland to engage in learning and discussion on the management and control of TB and provide training and networking opportunities for TB professionals in the Pacific Islands region. The conference is comprised of plenary sessions and breakout sessions with tracks for clinicians, nurses and outreach workers, laboratory staff, and program managers.


This conference is designed for staff involved in TB management, prevention, and control from each of the USAPI jurisdictions and Hawaii, as well as representatives from various agencies including the CDC, Australian Respiratory Council, Diagnostic Laboratory Services, and World Health Organization.

As the incidence of tuberculosis continues to decline, maintaining clinical and public health expertise in TB is particularly challenging. Therefore, ongoing training and education are important for healthcare providers to enhance skills in TB diagnosis, follow recommended treatment guidelines, and interact effectively with public health agencies. This type of training is also important for new clinicians working in TB control or other settings.

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

  • Outline current advances for assessing risk, testing, and treating latent TB infection and to prevent development of disease.
  • Explain recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of TB disease to prevent transmission and primary drug resistance.
  • List approaches for addressing clinical and social challenges in the management of patients with tuberculosis to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Develop strategies for the care of TB patients in special situations to ensure prompt diagnosis and effective management.

Registration Fee: $200

The registration deadline is August 9, 2019.

Conference Registration Page

Please click on the registration link and complete the form with the required information. There is a $200 registration fee. The payment method will automatically default to credit card. If you are not paying by credit card, please click the down arrow in the payment method field and select “Pay by check” or “Pay by invoice” in the pull down menu. Checks should be made payable to Rutgers Global TB Institute. Check payments can be made on-site during registration check-in on the morning of September 9. Please complete the registration form even if you are planning to pay on-site. We reserve the right to close registration early or cancel late registrants due to limits on seating capacity.


Palasia Hotel
A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate:

  • Deluxe Town View - $120/night (includes taxes and breakfast)
  • Deluxe Bay View - $140/night (includes taxes and breakfast)

Please mention 2019 PITCA when booking a room to get the group rate and send your reservation request to:
Elena Kotik
Reservations Department
Palasia Hotel Palau Inc.
Phone: 680-488-8905/8906 ext. 117

The deadline to reserve a room is August 9, 2019.
Pick-up and drop-off shuttle service is available at an additional charge of $15-$20 per person per way between 6:00am until 10:00pm, $20 per person per way between 10:00pm until 6:00am. Advance reservation is required. Check-in is at 3:00pm and checkout is at 12:00pm (late check-out is subject to additional charges). Cancellations can be made at least three (3) days prior to arrival date without any penalty fee.

Other Hotel Information
(There’s no discounted rate at these hotels for PITCA participants)

Palau Central Hotel (Located directly across from the Palasia Hotel)

  • Economy: Single Occupant - $105/night
  • Standard Room: Up to 2 Occupants - $150/night (City View) or $175/night (Nikko Bay View)
  • Deluxe Room: Up to 3 Occupants - $200/night

Free WI-FI and Free Breakfast Buffet
Airport Shuttle is available. Guests will be charged $20 one way or $30 roundtrip (from airport to hotel and hotel to airport)

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The Penthouse Hotel

  • Single Occupant - $109.20/night
  • Double Occupant - $129.02/night

Free Wi-Fi available. Airport pick-up is available. Guests will be charged $10 one way per person.

To make reservations, email:

Palau Pacific Resort (PPR)

  • Garden View: Local Rate - $364.00 + 19%, Government Rate* - $279 + 19%
  • Ocean View: Local Rate - $404 + 19%, Government Rate* - $314 + 19%
  • Water Bungalow: Local Rate - $1,087 + 19%, Government Rate* - $1,172 + 19%

*Confirmation letter from Ministry of Health to PPR is needed to ensure guests qualify for the government rate
Airport pick-up and drop off available at $22/person/way

We reserve the right to modify the activity content, faculty and activities, and to cancel this activity, if necessary. If you are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible so that others may be accommodated.

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact:
Glynis Sanders (Global TB Institute):
Luanne Marcil (Palau Ministry of Health):
Dileah Faungy (Palau Ministry of Health):