A sampling of World TB Day events
This years World TB Day falls on 24 March. It was marked by a series of national and international events coordinated by the partners of the Stop TB partnership. 16 March, Cape Town, South Africa: Archbishop Desmond Tutu launches World TB Day with the publication of a new report by the Stop TB partnership: A human rights approach to tuberculosis.
20 March, New York, USA: the medical relief agency Me´ decins Sans Frontie` res (MSF) holds a panel discussion, chaired by Pulitzer prize-winning author Laurie Garrett, on Defusing the time bomb: the worlds TB crisis.
21 March, Washington DC, USA: the [US] National Council for the Elimination of TB and the Stop TB partnership launch the Global TB Drug Facility (see main text) and outline plans to introduce a new bill in the US Congress the Omnibus Tuberculosis Control Bill 2001 designed to boost US funding for national and global TB control activities.
23 March, Brussels, Belgium: the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development releases early research findings from a new study The pharmaco-economics of TB drug developmentwhich demonstrate the large market potential for a new TB drug that could reduce the treatment period from six to two months.
23 March, Moscow, Russian Federation: MSF holds a Contagious concert, in which young musicians perform works by composers who suffered from tuberculosis including Chopin, Liszt, Shostakovitch, and Stravinsky.