Live Webcast on Global TB Featuring Renowned South African Physician/Scientist

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The Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a live, interactive webcast on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. EDT on the threat of tuberculosis and the U.S. strategy for combating this ancient deadly disease.

An expert panel is set to discuss this growing global health threat, including two of the U.S. government’s top infectious disease specialists and renowned South African physician Robin Wood, who has been on the frontlines of HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research for the last two decades. As director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, Dr. Wood will be able to give his perspective on new strategies needed to combat global HIV/AIDS and TB. 

The Center for Global Health Policy is bringing Dr. Wood to Washington next week for series of community forums, policy meetings, and press interviews. The trip is part of the Global Center’s efforts to make the voices of developing country physicians heard in American policy debates.

Joining Dr. Wood for the Kaiser webcast will be Christine Sizemore, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Cheri Vincent, of the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Christine Lubinski, director of the Center for Global Health Policy. Both Dr. Sizemore and Ms. Vincent play lead roles in the U.S. government’s global TB programs. The forum will be moderated by Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President Jen Kates.

During the live webcast, Dr. Wood and others will detail the scope of the TB epidemic, the latest program and research innovations, and the U.S. government’s global response to TB. The Obama Administration is expected to release its six-year global TB strategy soon, and the panel will explore how such a strategy will be integrated into the White House’s call for a new comprehensive Global Health Initiative.

Panelists will take questions from viewers, which can be submitted ahead of time or during the live program to infocus@kff.org.

Here’s more info on the event and how to tune in:

What: In Focus live webcast forum on global tuberculosis, sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation

Who:

Dr. Robin Wood, MD, director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town

Christine Sizemore, Ph.D., chief of the Tuberculosis and other Mycobacterial Diseases Section in NIAID’s Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Cheri Vincent, senior public health advisor, Infectious Diseases Division, Bureau for Global Health, USAID

Christine Lubinski, vice president for global health at the Infectious Diseases Society of America and director of the Center for Global Health Policy

Moderator: Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation

When: Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm EDT

How: Watch the live studio webcast on kff.org: www.kff.org/globalhealth/gh092909video.cfm.

Submit questions during the live webcast by emailing infocus@kff.org.

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