30 October - 2 November 2019
India hosts the 50th Union Lung Conference, welcomes the world and drives the efforts to #EndTB
Throughout the week, the Stop TB Partnership organized and participated in meetings and events that foster human rights, innovation, people-centered care, and universal access to tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics and medicines.
Famous TB Champions and Influencers
TB survivor and YouTuber/Blogger Scherezade ‘Sherry’ Shroff shared her experiences in Hyderabad. Sherry is a fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle content creator. With over 300,000 subscribers and over 50 million views, she has one of the "loudest" voices on the Indian YouTube Scene.
Dr. Aditya Daftary, a radiologist by day, a comedian by night gave a stand-up comedy special and talked about his experience as a TB survivor.
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts performed a unique movement language - reflective of contemporary India yet informed by Indian physical and performance traditions.
Noziya Karomatullo is a singer from Tajikistan who mostly sings in Tajik and occasionally also sings in Persian and Hindi, making her popular throughout the region. In addition to being a superstar, Noziya is also a formidable TB activist who uses her influence to raise the needed public awareness about TB and is part of the National Stop TB Partnership in Tajikistan.
Engaging the media
The power of media was acknowledged at the Union press conference. However, Dr. Lucica Ditiu, the Stop TB Partnership's Executive Director, clearly stated: "Nobody writes about TB. Nobody knows in the year 2019 that TB kills more people than HIV and malaria combined. It’s a crime. The media has a crucial role to play in bringing attention to this."
"No one here is going to give up until we end TB," said Claire Forlani, English actress and the Union's TB Ambassador.
World TB Day 2020
We are looking forward to working with the TB community to make the World TB Day 2020 a great success. We need to reach more people. We want to cure more people. We need all of you to support the campaign.
Workshops and meetings with the Stop TB Partnership
What are human rights in TB? Justice Mumbi Ngugi addressed the legal workshop on "Human Rights, TB and the Law." We work to strengthen the national TB responses and empower people affected with TB.
The Stop TB Partnership supported a wide range of people affected by TB to participate in events and discussions during the Union Conference and engaged a large number of participants in several events in the community space. Many of these events were co-hosted with North-Western Law School, GCTA and the Global TB Caucus. The Stop TB Partnership's TB REACH explained in a workshop how the Partnership empowers women and girls by focusing on areas such as TB training and getting more women tested.
The Stop TB Partnership presented its ground breaking research around the evaluation of multiple artificial intelligence (AI) packages to read chest x-rays at the conference in multiple symposia. There are many vendors of AI technology for reading chest x-rays and this new evaluation can help implementers decide how to use the technology which can both improve detecting larger numbers of people with TB and reduce the need for Xpert testing among people with symptoms.
The Stop TB Partnership worked together with IDEO.org to convene a workshop on “Integrating Human Centered Design (HCD) in TB Care.” TB survivors, national TB programme managers, innovators, and key partners came together to leverage HCD methods and mindsets, a creative approach that prioritizes designing solutions to have as much impact as possible by focusing on the experiences of the affected people.