Twitter chat for World TB Day #TalkTB

In line with World TB Day, we are hosting a Twitter chat #TalkTB with prominent experts in the field of tuberculosis on Wednesday March 21st at 11:00 EST / 15:00 GMT.
Our chat will feature:

Madhukar Pai @paimadhu

Madhukar Pai is currently a Professor of Epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal (Canada), where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health. In addition, he serves as the Director of Global Health Programs, and as an Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. His research is primarily focused on improving diagnosis and treatment for tuberculosis, particularly in high-burden countries such as India and South Africa.

Nandita Venkatesan @nandita_venky

Nandita Venkatesan is a journalist, classical dancer, based in Mumbai (India) who has battled TB twice in her life, once as a teenager and again in 2013 – an infection that led to 3 months in hospital, six surgeries and the loss of her hearing. Since, Nandita has become an outspoken patient advocate for TB, speaking about the horrors of the disease, the need for less toxic drugs and the stigma surrounding it for women in India.


Jacob Creswell @StopTB

Dr Jacob Creswell is the head of the Innovations & Grants team of the Stop TB Partnership, a global, multi-stakeholder partnership that seeks to achieve a world without tuberculosis through facilitating, catalyzing and coordinating the work of its partners. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, he serves as a global expert on different aspects of improving tuberculosis case detection. Prior to his work at the partnership Jacob has worked at WHO, and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (USA) and Guatemala.


In addition to opinions from our experts we’d love to hear from you! If you would like to pose a question, or let us know your opinion, please let us know using the hashtag #TalkTB. We’re excited to promote awareness around this important topic and so the more people we hear from the better – get involved!

“World TB Day offers all of us a chance to reflect on the progress made, understand why things are working (or not), and reaffirm our commitment to ending TB. I hope this social media chat will serve to engage a wider base, and raise awareness about the biggest infectious killer today.” Madhukar Pai, McGill University

#TalkTB Wednesday March 21st at 11:00 EST / 15:00 GMT @IDHubFSG



1 Comment

  1. Bieke Machiels on

    Just want to share my experience with TB in the first world, as my husband is in a critical condition in an intensive care unit in Belgium suffering from a TB of the central nervous system, while doctors say there is nothing they can do for him anymore as he suffered a massive brain aneurysm.
    For many years he complained of an irritation in his throat and a mild cough. He was checked for infections and allergies, received anti fungal treatments… until about 3 years ago his condition deteriorated a bit and his cough and shortness of breath increased. His GP diagnosed asthma, and he received an emergency ventilator. As his condition deteriorated further, he was put on a immunosuppressive ventilator last summer. He then steadily got worse until early February he fell down the stairs and was hospitalised. His sodium levels were too low. Doctors discovered nodules in his lungs and all over his body, and suspected either cancer, sarcoidosis or TB. Despite this, he was not put on TB medication, and only when he developed neurological problems about 2 weeks later and after he was transferred to another hospital, he was put on TB meds. He then developed meningitis and a few days later TB was confirmed. For 4 weeks he was in and out of consciousness, on high doses of antibiotics, without his condition really improving, until he developed this brain aneurysm which will be fatal.
    Until the hospitalisation, none of the doctors ever suspected TB, despite him originating from a TB endemic country, India, despite Belgium having an excellent TB prevention program and a very good health care system.
    As I am now preparing to say goodbye to him, I wanted to share this with you, so that action may be taken to avoid others having to go through the same ordeal.

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