Stop TB Partnership

Leadership

Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership

Dr. Lucica Ditiu is the Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership since May 2011.

A native of Romania, Dr. Ditiu is a physician and a public health expert, who has devoted her career to helping those affected by TB, especially people most vulnerable and living in communities heavily burdened by tuberculosis (TB).

Over the last five years, Dr. Ditiu has been instrumental in positioning TB as a clear public health threat on the global agenda, developing a clear identity for the Stop TB Partnership and ensuring a strong voice of the TB Community in the international arena. She is a great advocate for all those marginalized and vulnerable and suffering because of TB. She led the process in the transformation of the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat and Board, ensuring the right level of representation and discussions. She ensured a transparent manner of leading the Secretariat team and had deepened engagement with High-Level decision makers at the country, regional and global level, including The Global Fund.

A strong believer in innovation, flexibility and change, Dr. Ditiu is restless in pushing for more ambition in TB work and in challenging the status quo.

Looking ahead, Dr. Ditiu hopes that she will see all stakeholders coming together to fight against the TB epidemic, within countries’ health systems.

Dr. Ditiu began her international career with the WHO in January 2000 as a medical officer for TB in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia within the disaster and preparedness unit of the WHO European Regional Office. In this role, she worked in a very challenging environment and closely collaborated with main national stakeholders involved in TB care, including ministers of health, justice and development. In 2006 she was selected to be a medical officer in the TB unit of the European Regional Office in Copenhagen.

In January 2010 Dr. Ditiu went through a selection and joined the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat in Geneva to lead the TB REACH initiative - a Stop TB Partnership programme that awards grants up to USD 1 million for improving access to TB diagnosis and treatment and care for those that are most vulnerable.