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  • Massive Effort Campaign and RESULTS International

    2005 Global TB Control Report Card finds:
    TB Control Stalled in Africa;
    HIV Overwhelming Africa with TB Cases

    You Are Invited to Join a Telephone Press Briefing on
    Wednesday 23 March, 15:00 pm Nairobi Time (12:00 GMT)

    The phone call is free of charge

    To sign up for the call, please provide
    1. your name;
    2. telephone number where you can be reached for the call (including country code);
    3. e-mail address;
    4. name of your news organization:
    to Kolleen Bouchane at least two hours before the call at:
    KBouchane@results.org or 1-202-783-7100, ext. 107

    WHAT: A press briefing by conference call sponsored by the Massive Effort Campaign and RESULTS International on the release of the 2005 Global TB Control Report Card.
    WHO: Journalists can hear from, and ask questions of the following experts:
    • Dr. Don Enarson, Director of Scientific Activities, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Paris
    • Bertrand Campoer a TB and HIV patient from Cameroon and member of the TBTV Patients Support Network
    • Dr. Joanne Carter, Legislative Director of RESULTS International in Washington, DC
    WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 15:00 Nairobi time; 14:00 Johannesburg time; 12:00 GMT
    WHERE: You can take the call from any phone. An operator will call you, free of charge.

    HOW THE CALL WILL WORK: An operator will call you a few minutes before the call starts at the number that you provide. If you get disconnected or are unable to sign up by the deadline, you can still join the call by dialing 001-312-461-0644 internationally at the call time.

    For more information click here.



    The Griffith Community Health Centre, part of the Greater Southern Area Health Service will promote World TB Day to the local community by setting up display boards (one at the community health centre and the other at the hospital).

    For more information, contact:
    Janene Lane, Aboriginal Health Education Officer, Griffith Community Health Centre
    Greater Southern Area Health Service
    39 Yambil Street


    21 a 23 de Março de 2005
    A REDE-TB (Rede Brasileira de Pesquisas em Tuberculose) e a Prefeitura Municipal de Ribeirão Preto convidam a todos para participar da SEMANA DE COMBATE A TUBERCULOSE em razão do Dia Mundial da Tuberculose
    (dia 24 de Março)

    Contato e informações:
    Ana Kehl
    Assessoria de Imprensa Rede-TB
    Rua Clóvis Vieira, 24 Casa 02
    FMRP- USP Ribeirão Preto
    Fone: (16) 602-3228 / 633-9159



    A transatlantic joint venture is being implemented to promote World TB Day 2005 in Toronto through "great culture", an initiative taken by the Brussels-based association Icons of Europe with the support of the TB Program at Toronto Public Health.

    The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music will, under the patronage of H.E. Mr David Reddaway CMG MBE, British High Commissioner to Canada, stage the Canadian premiere of "Chopin and The Nightingale" for a public audience at the Royal Ontario Museum on 24 April.

    Introduced with TB messages and noting that Chopin suffered from TB and died only 39 years old, a front-runner of the premiere, "Chopin masterpieces and Nightingale songs" attracted a capacity audience of 600 people at the Royal Ontario Museum on 4 March 2005.

    Says Jens A. Jorgensen, president of Icons of Europe: "We hope this Nightingale concept could be implemented with local artists to promote World TB Day in other countries next year." Details on the Toronto events are provided at http://www.iconsofeurope.com.

    For more information contact:

    Jens A. Jorgensen
    Icons of Europe asbl
    Rue Haute 32
    B-1380 Lasne, Belgium
    Phone +32 2 633 3840
    Direct + 32 2 633 2945
    Fax +32 2 633 4445

    " La mort de Chopin ", print based on an 1885 painting by Félix Barrias.


    The Human Face of TB film will be shown on World TB day at the grass root level, in the extreme interior villages where there is no access to the internet. The activities are being organized by the TB/HIV Coordinator for the Center for Disease Control.

    For more information:

    Dr.Vaid Yakub
    TB/HIV Coordinator Guyana
    C/o American Embassy
    100, Young & Duke Street
    Kingston, Georgetown
    Guyana, (South America)
    email: vaidy@gapcdcgy.org



    A block level meeting focusing on TB/HIV will be held in the block Bidupur of district Vaishali in the state of Bihar. This very small block has a total 31 HIV positive patients and the meeting will focus on information, education and communication activities for the community.

    For more information, contact:
    Dr. Kailash Saran


    On World TB Day, a presentation will be given to inaugurate the DOTS Program in Goa, India.

    For more information, contact:
    Dr Jagadish Kakodkar,
    Kakoda-Curchorem, Goa, India,


    Krityanand UNESCO Club will celebrate World TB Day through an information programme and conference.

    For more information, contact:
    Mukesh Kumar Mishra, Secretary General, Kritranand UNESCO Club
    102/A, Kalpanapuri
    Adityapur Industrial Area
    Jamshedpur 832109, India

    West Bengal

    The Bikash Bharati Welfare Society, a national level NGO in India is implementing Community Based DOTS for TB Control in the 21 wards of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation area in collaboration with the RNTCP and CARE for the last two years successfully.

    The organisation has embarked on a five-day long programme in observance of World TB Day from 20-25 March 2005. The highlight of the proposed activities include among others, setting up a campaign stall and information kiosk in central Kolkata, a tableau to tour the different parts of the city, counselling & referral services at street-corner stalls and kiosks, and special banners, handouts etc. have been prepared as well. Audio and visual shows have also been arranged.

    For more information:

    Gautam K Ghosh
    Bikash Bharati Welfare Society
    20/1B Lalbazar Street,
    Kolkata - 700001
    West Bengal, India
    e-mail: bharati@cal3.vsnl.net.in
    e-mail: gautamkghosh@vsnl.com


    Stop TB Italia is organizing a fund raising evening on 21 March with a concert and a dinner. On 22 March a round table on tuberculosis and immigration will be held, followed by a press conference.

    Place: Rome Forlanini Hospital
    Organizer: Stop TB Italia
    Participants: Mayor Walter Veltroni (Mayor of Rome), Monsignor V.Paglia ( Bishop of Terni and Head of St Egidio Community), Professor E Garaci (ISS Rome, Director), Professor A Cassone (Caritas, Rome), Mario Raviglione and Giuliano Gargioni (WHO-Geneva) On M Verzaschi (Assessore Sanità Regione Lazio)

    For more information, please contact:
    Daniela Cirillo: cirillo.daniela@hsr.it


    The Mexican Ministry of Health celebrated World TB Day on the 15 of March. The events were very exciting and included the national Stop TB Committee presenting the new campaign symbol, the Mexican Charrería, an old national sport.

    The Stop TB Ambassador Enriqueta Bacilio announced a crusade to have in each state, a team or sports figure to serve as TB ambassador (some states already have this, for example, in the state of Veracruz the professional football team is the representative).

    Many states will take advantage of the charros associations in having events to promote TB detection.

    Also invited to the World TB Day event were people living with HIV/AIDS that have suffered with TB and have been cured, in addition a cured MDR TB patient was also cured.

    Julio Frenk, the Minster of Health, attended the event and recognized the many anonymous heroes in the country fighting against tuberculosis.

    Eventos Tuberculosis



    Free DOTS-plus service for TB patients from March 24
    Himlayan News Service
    Kathmandu, February 25

    "The National Tuberculosis Centre (NTB) is planning to provide free Directly Observed Treatment Short period (DOTS) Plus service to multi-drugs resistance (MDR) TB patients from five model districts from March 24, which is observed as the World TB Day."
    Click here for full article.


    The organization Fight Against TB and HIV/AIDS will organize public awareness lectures in some of the colleges of Kathmandu, Nepal. The chairman, Mr. Ram Khadka, an ex-TB patient will deliver the lectures on TB, DOTS and the prevention of TB and MDR TB. The organization has also formed a committee of college youth to arrange a rally on the 24th March.

    For more information contact:
    Ram Khadka
    Fight Against TB and HIV AIDS
    Lubhoo-8, Lalitpur
    Phone No:-977-1-5581190



    The Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association (CPA), a supporting member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) will hold a TB Workshop on 22 March 2005, in Abuja.

    The Workshop will provide pharmacists with continuing education sessions on TB management and acquaint pharmacists with current WHO and country strategies in the Management and Control of TB.

    Collaboration with a WHO country representative is anticipated.

    Additionally, the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association, the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (a CPA national member organisation) and the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation, have just recently commenced a collaborative project in Mumbai, India. The project will pilot the distribution of a consumer-focused TB Fact Card, through 50 community pharmacies in a suburban region of Mumbai.

    The Fact Card will be researched and designed by the Indian Project Committee comprising pharmacists, clinicians and consumers who have successfully completed their TB treatment. The Card will be used as part of a TB Awareness campaign in the lead up to World Stop TB Day, and as a source of information for TB patients and their carers. Progress on the TB Fact Card project on the new TB Forum.

    For more information on the workshop or on the TB Fact Card, please contact:

    Dr John Alpha, CPA Councilor for Nigeria and Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.

    Carolyn Bell, Projects Officer , Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association.


    The TB Research Laboratory of the Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria will be organising an awareness seminar on TB control on World TB Day at University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria.

    The activities are in conjunction with a local NGO (Family Unity For Sustainable Development Foundation) and the Chest Unit of the hospital.

    The audience will include clinicians, nurses, laboratory scientists, community heath workers, health volunteers, students and TB patients with /without HIV co-infection.

    Radio and television practitioners are also expected to be there. The need for all health care workers to form a formidable team in the fight for TB will be stressed.

    For further information please contact:
    Dr Aderemi Kehinde, MPH, FMCPath;
    TB Research Lab,
    Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Parasitology, College of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
    Email: aokehinde@yahoo.com


    For World Stop TB Day, the Family Unity for Sustainable Development Foundation
    will be engaging in media programmes, the creation of Stop TB clubs in schools, the establishment of DOTS in communal groups, schools, the workplace, and markets. Local adoption of TB posters on Stop TB will be done in three major Nigerian languages, Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba.

    Emphasis on research and diagnosis will also be part of the programme. FUSD will continue with the progressive formation of communal groups, while getting DOTS closer to the people who cannot afford or have time to go to the hospital.

    The Family Unity for Sustainable Development Foundation builds sustainable infrastructures in communities, in schools, marketplaces and organizes peaceful movements for social changes, from which TB and other public health can be based.

    They form and establish farmers communal groups (CBOs) and collate them to amplify their voices for social changes. Farmers communal groups are used as a base for health care delivery system such as TB, Malaria, HIV and other public health services.

    For more information contact:
    Mercy Ekop
    Executive Director/CEO
    Family Unity for Sustainable Development Foundation
    P.O.Box 36150
    Agodi P.O.
    email: fusdfoundation@yahoo.co.uk


    TEEPAC, a voluntary NGO dedicated to fighting TB, HIV/AIDS and related diseases in Nigeria, will be mobilising a major nation wide World TB day in Nigeria on 24th March 2005. TEEPAC, a member of the country co-ordinating mechanism (CCM) in Nigeria organizes events for WTBD every year and has been the major coordinator of national activities.

    For more information, please contact:
    Toni Nwosu
    TUBAIDS (Research and Documentation Division)
    Ihiala, Anambra State, Nigeria.


    World TB Day press release PDF
    Toni Nwosu
    Chairman, National Planning Committee
    World Stop TB Day 2005/Member Advocacy Committee on TB
    Country Co-ordinating Mechanism (CCM) Nigeria of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria (GFATM)



    Aga Khan University
    Section of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine in collaboration with
    Out-Patient Nursing Department
    WORLD TB DAY 2005

    TB Nurses and Care Providers are everyday heroes in the fight against tuberculosis
    Diagnosis and Management of TB: A Practical Approach
    Interactive Discussion on Clinical Cases
    Tuesday, March 15, 2005
    1400 - 1700 Hrs

    Registration is for limited numbers, early booking is advisable
    To register email: amin.qassim@aku.edu
    For more information:
    Professor Javaid Khan
    Consultant Chest Physician,
    The Aga Khan University,
    P.O.BOX 3500,Karachi,
    Tel: 00 92 21 493 0051


    An internet open forum will be organized on World TB Day at Paltalk
    The room name will be World TB Day 2005, the host is Nadeem hassan (Nick name: Deimi99). The topic will be MDR TB, discussion with TB patients, implementation of TB programmes in developing countries, discussion with health care professionals about the dosage of FDC TB drugs, etc. The language will be in English and Urdu. The discussion will take place from 06.00PM-12.00 PM (Pakistan Standard Time)

    For more information, contact:
    Nadeem Hassan (Managing Director of NaSa Pharmaceuticals Pakistan)
    B.Pharm, M.Phil Chemistry, MBA(Marketing)
    Hayatabad, Peshawar, Pakistan
    Email: nadeem3hassan@yahoo.com


    The National TB Control Programme is organizing various activities to commemorate the World TB Day this year. NTP will be organizing a walk and a seminar on 24th March 2005, to spread awareness among masses about tuberculosis and its control, along with other activities in different provinces.

    For more infomraiton, contact:
    Saira Sahar Siddiqui
    Liasion Officer
    National TB control Programme
    Asgher Mall Road, Rawalpindi.
    Email: tbc@comsats.net.pk


    The Christian Children's Fund in the Basilan Province will commemorate World TB Day on 28 March 2005 by having a motorcade of 100 participants to 4 municipalities of the province, despite the peace and order situation here, as part of our contribution to this campaign.

    After the short program at the end of the motorcade, 2 municipalities will conduct mass sputum collections and the other 2 municipalities will conduct lectures to mothers' and fathers groups, and students in high schools. CCF's community development staff will be in charge of the activities.

    It is believed this advocacy will be a good initial step to prevent the increasing TB cases in Basilan. CCF will be joining the Stop TB program of WHO in combating TB in the Asia Pacific Region.

    For more information contact:
    Noemi Ann M. Casinillo
    Health Officer
    Email: mimi_0805@yahoo.com


    En Barcelona celebraremos el día mundial de la Tuberculosis con una sesión especial el miercoles 16 de marzo. Ver programa en: http://www.aspb.es/uitb (ir a "Novedades").


    The National TB Programme of Suriname plans to, distribute posters, print t-shirts, broadcast information on radio, and provide information locally through the NTP center for World TB Day in the effort to successfully bring information about TB to the general public.

    For more infomraiton contact:
    Dr Roël Mahabier
    Bureau of Public Health
    Paramaribo, Suriname


    For a more comprehensive list of US activities, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/WorldTBDay/2005/activities.htm


    The Sparkman Center for Global Health, based in the School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA plans to show students a documentary/advocacy film pertaining to TB.

    For more information:
    Rajeev Colaco, MD
    Graduate Assistant
    Sparkman Center for Global Health
    School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    E-mail: racolaco@uab.edu


    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Arkansas Department of Health will have a World TB Awareness day at the local hospital/university on 24 March 2005.

    For more information, contact Marybeth Curtis at: MBCurtis@uams.edu


    The American Lung Association of Arkansas will have an event March 24th.
    For more information, contact:
    Michelle Kitchens, Communications Officer


    The TB Photovoice Project in memory of Claudia Amaya Lacson, is officially on the web. The launching of this website comes at a time where the whole world will be campaigning for World Stop TB Day, March 24. We must continue our fight to eliminate TB in the US and the world and we must do that in collaboration with those who are living with or have been affected by TB. Come join our cause!


    For more information contact:
    Romel Saulog Lacson
    The Amaya-Lacson TB Photovoice Project
    Voices of TB and TB Meningitis
    11275 Brookhollow Trail
    Alpharetta, GA 30022

    New York

    On World TB Day, the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control will host a breakfast to honor frontline staff involved in TB control in NYC.

    For more information:

    Honoring Frontline Staff
    World TB Day
    March 24, 2005
    New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Bureau of Tuberculosis Control
    125 Worth Street, 3rd Floor Boardroom

    ENews: Special Edition
    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of TB Control (BTBC)
    World TB Day 2005
    Honoring Frontline Staff
    "Taking Care of Public Health One Patient at a Time"

    For more information contact:

    Marie S. Dorsinville, RN, MPH
    Program Management Officer
    Bureau of Tuberculosis Control
    Email: mdorsinv@health.nyc.gov


    TB Alliance and GlaxoSmithKline Launch Broad Discovery Portfolio to Develop New TB Therapies http://www.tballiance.org/7_1_1GenericNewsArticles.asp?itemId=568

    North Carolina

    The Tuberculosis Awareness Group, an organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, devoted to spreading the awareness and education of tuberculosis, will be making t-shirts for World TB Day to spread the word about the importance of TB control.

    For more information, contact:
    Erica Chapin, President, Tuberculosis Awareness Group