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