Tuberculosis (TB)

New WHO data on TB epidemic and images of TB patients by acclaimed photojournalist to be launched for World TB Day

Tuberculosis is one of the world's leading infectious killers - second only to HIV/AIDS. The 2007 WHO Global TB Control Report, which will be issued on Thursday 22 March 2007, updates the current trends on the airborne disease with all the very latest data from nearly 200 countries.

In the wake of the newly-identified extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) and continuing challenges such as TB and HIV co-infection, the 2007 WHO Global TB Control Report underlines the major issues affecting TB patients, health workers and governments today. This year's report also highlights achievements in reaching global 2005 TB targets set by the World Health Assembly.

The launch is prior to World TB Day, held every year on 24 March. This year's theme is: "TB Anywhere is TB Everywhere".

The Global TB Control Report will be released on the WHO website on Thursday 22 March 2007 (12:00 GMT) and also in various cities with key speakers from WHO and the Stop TB Partnership.

In New York, for the first time, a special TB exhibition will be held in the UN headquarters, with photographs by the award-winning journalist James Nachtwey. The free exhibition, from 22 March to 25 April, is designed to raise awareness around the challenges to addressing an epidemic that kills 1.6 million people a year. A total of 33 photographs, taken from a variety of worldwide locations, will also be supported by a special DVD featuring the photographs with accompanying music performed by the musician Yo Yo Ma.

The project was created and developed by UN Messenger of Peace, Anna Cataldi. For full details of launch events please go to: www.stoptb.org/events/world_tb_day/2007/events.asp

Among the media events taking place:

Geneva
Date: 19 March, 10:00 local time
Where: UN Palais des Nations
What: Global TB Control Report launch and News Conference
Contact: thomasg@who.int

Brussels
Date: 22 March, 13:00 local time
Where: European Parliament
What: Global TB Control Report launch and News Briefing
Contact: bakerl@who.int

London
Date: 22 March, 16:00 local time
Where: Portcullis House, Westminster
What - Global TB Control Report and Global TB Action Agenda launches and News Briefing
Contact: bene@results-uk.org

New York
Date: 22 March, 10:00 local time
Where: United Nations Headquarters
What: Global TB Control Report launch, News Conference and opening of World Free of TB photo exhibition
Contact: thomasg@who.int

Paris
Date: 22 March, 11:00 local time
Where: Maison de Radio France, CAPE
What: Global TB Control Report launch and news conference
Contact: michel.aublanc@wanadoo.fr

Phone contact details for all the events above:

WHO Stop TB Department:
Glenn Thomas; mobile:+41 79 509 0677; email: thomasg@who.int

Stop TB Partnership:
Judith Mandelbaum-Schmid; mobile:+41 79 254 68 35; email: schmidj@who.int
Carole Francis; mobile: +41 79 540 79567, email: francisc@who.int

WHO Communication Department:
Ian Simpson; tel +41 22 791 3215 mobile +41 79 475 5534; email simpsoni@who.int
Chris Black (multimedia producer); tel +41 22 791 1460, mobile +41 79 472 6054; email blackc@who.int

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