Stop TB Partnership

Partners' Forum 2009

We can stop TB. Simply. We are making strides to stop it now. But we simply must do more, and we can. Between us we have the necessary knowledge and expertise. We simply need to ensure that as individuals each of us plays our part and that we are aligned.

These are the messages that inspired the third Stop TB Partner's Forum, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 23 to 25 March 2009. It was an open and dynamic forum where people engaged in the global fight against TB shared successes, identified barriers and inspired each other to move to a new level in the global fight against TB.

Some 1300 delegates - including high-level representatives from countries with a high burden of TB, donor countries, multilateral and intergovernmental organizations, civil society, affected communities, foundations, corporations and research and academic institutions - were in attendance. The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Stop TB and Stop TB Ambassadors also were present.

The Partners' Forum is the General Assembly of the Stop TB Partnership and serves to bring partners together to renew their commitment and intensify their efforts to reach the targets of the Global Plan to Stop TB 2006-2015.

The Third Stop TB Partners' Forum sought to create the most inclusive possible environment, and the agenda was developed based on input received from partners who participated in an e-forum that ran in September and October 2008.


Read the Rio Recommendations [.pdf]

Read the Rio Recommendations Synthesis and Partnership Response [.pdf]

Read the Rapporteur Report [.pdf]

Read the Forum Technical Report [.pdf]

Rio Communities Declaration

Watch webcasts from the Forum

Special Events
Images to Stop Tuberculosis - Photography exhibition

The "Images to Stop Tuberculosis" photography exhibition took place in Rio de Janeiro in conjunction with the 3rd Stop TB Partners’ Forum. The exhibition consisted of projections showcasing the work of outstanding contemporary photographers from several areas of the world affected by TB. Images from Afghanistan to the Russian Federation and from New York to Cambodia depicted distress and hope in colour and black & white.

  • 23-25 March - Sala 11 - Centro de Convenções SulAmérica, Av. Paulo de Frontin com Av. Pres. Vargas - Cidade Nova - RJ
  • 25 March - 12 April - Centro Cultural Justiça Federal, Av. Rio Branco, 241 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro / RJ. CEP 20040-009
  • 25 March - Favela Rocihna, Arena da Garagem da Curva do S - Estrada da Gávea, 520 - ao lado do CIEP Bento Rubião
XDR-TB - James Nachtwey - Photography Exhibition

23-25 March - Centro de Convenções SulAmérica - Av. Paulo de Frontin com Av. Pres. Vargas - Cidade Nova - RJ October 2008, an unprecedented awareness campaign conveyed the plight of people inflicted with tuberculosis through images projected onto monumental outdoor spaces in major cities throughout the world. The photos, taken by world renowned photojournalist James Nachtwey and assembled as a three-minute slideshow, appeared alongside high-impact messaging about an often incurable disease. Becton Dickison supported this unique campaign focused on extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), a deadly TB strain that has emerged due to inadequate diagnosis and treatment. The campaign resulted from Nachtwey’s 2007 TED Prize. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) supports ideas by "forward thinking" people.

Premiere viewing of "Finding Dr. Schatz" - Presented by Anna Cataldi

"Finding Dr Schatz," a riveting documentary depicting the relationship between Inge Auerbacher, a child survivor of the Holocaust stricken with tuberculosis, and Dr Albert Schatz, the co-discoverer of the miracle drug- Streptomycin - that saved her life. As a graduate student at Rutgers University, U.S.A., Dr Schatz worked tirelessly in an antiquated laboratory searching for an antibiotic to cure TB. After finding Streptomycin, the first really effective medicine to treat TB, Dr Schatz was unable to fully enjoy the discovery, as his superior Dr Selman Waksman received the majority recognition, including the Nobel Prize in 1952. The film includes the testimony of principle witnesses. We learn that from a scientific and humanitarian point of view, amazing contributions to society by single-minded visionaries can make the difference in the lives of millions of people. We also learn how important it is to give credit where it is due. A "Richard Colosi Film" Based on the book "Finding Dr Schatz" The Discovery of Streptomycin and A Life it Saved by Inge Auerbacher, who will available for questions. Film was shown on 24 March between 13:00-14:00 in the Plenary Room (Centro de Convenções SulAmérica).