World TB Day Activities

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What do you have planned next week to commemorate World TB Day on March 24? Several organizations and federal agencies are hosting events aimed at raising awareness about global and domestic TB, and what donors are doing to tackle the problem. Although most of these events take place in Washington, DC, some are being simultaneously webcast so people around the country can participate.

MONDAY, March 19:

  • Cure All: A briefing on the status of the most promising new TB drugs research

Hosted by the Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) initiative, this briefing will discuss new momentum in the fight against TB, focusing  on novel treatments being tested in a new paradigm that can dramatically reduce the time it takes to get from pipeline to patient-from decades to just a few years.


  • Christine Lubinski, VP for Global Health, Infectious Diseases Society of America (Moderator)
  • Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Janet Woodcock, Director, FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
  • Robert Clay, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Global Health Bureau, USAID
  • Mel Spigelman, President and CEO of the TB Alliance

When:  Monday, March 19, 2012 from 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Where:  Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G. St., NW, Washington, DC (one block west of Metro Center)
RSVP:  Please click here to RSVP

TUESDAY March 20:

  • Everyday Heroes in the fight against TB to Commemorate World TB Day (PATH)

This public event focused on community-level responses to TB will feature experts from several organizations and countries sharing stories about the challenges they face and their unique solutions to move forward in the fight against TB.


  • Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary, Stop TB Partnership
  • TB advocates representing six African countries
  • DC Department of Public Health

When: March 20, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Where: PATH, 455 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20001

RSVP: RSVP by Friday, March 16 to Holly Greb at

  • Tuberculosis – Why This Ancient Disease Remains a Global Health Threat

Several organizations are joining together to host a Capitol Hill briefing on tuberculosis – what it is, how it spreads and why we have not eliminated this ancient disease that persists in the U.S. and is the second leading infectious disease worldwide, killing 1.4 million people annually.  The American Thoracic Society, Stop TB Partnership, Treatment Action Group, Results, TB Alliance, and Aeras are sponsoring this event.


  • Ken Castro, M.D., Director, Division of TB Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Mario Raviglione, M.D., Director, Stop TB Dept. WHO
  • Jeffrey Starke, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine and Director, Children’s TB Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Rachel Orduno, Texas-based TB advocate

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 12 PM to 1:30 PM

Where: Room B-340, Rayburn House Office Building

RSVP: RSVP to Chris Hughes of the American Thoracic Society at or at (202) 296.9770

World TB Day image from the WHO's Stop TB Partnership.

WEDNESDAY, March 21:

  • Tuberculosis – We Can Beat this Global Killer 

Several organizations are joining together to host a Capitol Hill briefing on tuberculosis on the Senate side.  Special areas of focus of the briefing will include U.S. global leadership on TB, how communities are addressing the crisis, the threat of drug-resistant TB, progress towards an effective vaccine, better medications and faster diagnostics.


  • Ariel Pablos Mendez, Asst. Administrator for Global Health, USAID
  • Carol Nyirenda, CITAM+, Zambia
  • Jennifer Wooley, Aeras
  • Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary, Stop TB Partnership

When: Wednesday, March 21 from 12:30 PM to 2 PM

Where:  Top Of The Hill Banquet and Conference Center at the Reserve Officers Association Minuteman Memorial Building, One Constitution Avenue, NE

RSVP: RSVP to David Bryden at

THURSDAY, March 22:

  • CDC Event on World TB Day

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) will host a special event in observing World TB Day 2012.  The event will focus on the U.S. World TB Day slogan of “Stop TB in My Lifetime,” which goes with the theme of calling for a world free of TB.


  • Dr. Jeffrey Starke, Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas.
  • Dr. Kevin DeCock, Director, Center for Global Health, CDC
  • Dr. Kenneth Castro, Director, DTBE, CDC
  • Dr. Gloria Oramasionwu, EIS Officer, DTBE, CDC

When: Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 1:30 PM to 3 PM

Where: This event will be available via Web streaming.  The Web streaming link and log-in instructions will be sent on the day before the event (March 21st). 

RSVP: Ijeoma Agulefo at or (404) 639-8783.

  • Voices of TB: Invitation to Hear Powerful Stories

This event hosted by USAID will feature a panel of former tuberculosis patients from around the world, whose lives have felt the impact of this debilitating disease.


  • David Rochkind (moderator)
  • Andre Gariseb, FNCC– Namibia
  • Endalkachew Fekadu Demisse, Compassion International – Ethiopia
  • Pham Thu Hoa. Vietnam
  • Francis George Apina, TB/HIV Advocacy Manager, Network of Men Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya (NETMA)
  • Rachel Orduno, Texas
  • Rosalie Stephson, Texas

When: Thursday, March 22 from 2 PM to 4 PM

Where: The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor, 529 14th St. NW

RSVP: RSVP by March 19 to Nellie Darling at

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