TB pioneers honoured5th November 2006
Two individuals who helped transform tuberculosis (TB) control in their home countries have become the first winners of an international health prize.
Winstone Zulu, a TB/HIV activist from Zambia, and L.S. Chauhan, National TB Control Programme Manager from India, were awarded the Stop TB Partnership Kochon Prize to mark their contribution to improved TB control.
Mr Zulu, the organisers said, is a dynamic and tireless advocate on behalf of people co-infected with TB and HIV. He himself was cured of tuberculosis, although all of his four brothers died of the disease.
He is a co-founder of Kara-Kabwe Programmes for Kara Counselling, a provider of HIV/AIDS counselling in Zambia, and was Co-President of TBTV.org, one of the first global organisations of people with TB and HIV/AIDS.
Dr Chauhan is Deputy Director-General (Tuberculosis) and Programme Manager of the National TB Control Programme in India. Since 2002 he has overseen the rapid expansion of the DOTS TB-control program in India, a remarkable accomplishment in the country that bears the world's highest TB burden, they added.
The Stop TB Partnership is a network of more than 500 organisations. The Secretariat is housed within the headquarters of the World Health Organisation in Geneva.
The Kochon Foundation was created in 1973 by the now-deceased Chong-Kun Lee, Chairman of the Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corp, which is one of the first TB drug manufacturers in Korea.
Five thousand people die of TB, a curable disease, every day.
By awarding this annual prize, the Stop TB Partnership and the Kochon Foundation wishes to recognise and encourage those at the forefront of the campaign to accelerate the battle to stop TB.
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Title: TB pioneers honoured
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1029
Date Added: 5th Nov 2006