TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2006
DTBE World TB Day Activities 2006
In the late 19th century, TB killed one out of every seven people
living in the United States and Europe. On March 24, 1882, Robert
Koch, MD, announced the discovery of the TB bacillus. At the time,
his discovery was the most important step taken towards the control
and elimination of this deadly disease.
In 1982, a century after Koch's announcement, the first World TB
Day was sponsored by the World Health Organization and the International
Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The event was intended
to educate the public about the devastating health and economic
consequences of TB, its effect on developing countries, and its
continued tragic impact on global health.
In observance of World TB Day, DTBE was involved in a variety of
activities that included hosting a special program at the CDC Corporate
Square campus in Atlanta, publishing two Morbidity and Mortality
Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, and producing and distributing
nationwide World TB Day materials for use in local TB elimination
The theme of the special program was “Faces and Voices in
the Fight Against Tuberculosis.” The World TB Day program
was promoted CDC-wide through an “In a Snapshot” article
on the CDC Connects Intranet page. A variety of speakers from CDC
gave presentations as part of the program. Dr. Dixie Snider, Chief
Science Officer, addressed CDC’s historic role in the fight
against TB. Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director, National Center for HIV,
STD, and TB Prevention, talked about the changing face of TB in
the United States. Dr. Kenneth Castro shared a flash film titled
“Actions for Life” that was developed by the Stop TB
Partnership about the Global Plan to Stop TB, 2006–2016 (www.stoptb.org).
Dr. Janet Collins, PhD, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion, talked about her family’s
experience with TB. Dr. Jesse Roman, Professor of Medicine and Director,
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine at Emory
University, talked about the hope he sees in the patients he treats
when they understand TB can be treated and cured.
The highlight of the program was a presentation about the Amaya-Lacson
TB Photovoice Project (www.tbphotovoice.org),
which was founded by Romel Saulog Lacson, MPH, after the untimely
deaths in 2004 of his wife, Claudia, and child, Emma, due to TB
meningitis. Mr. Lacson was a CDC behavioral scientist in CDC’s
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) at the time of their deaths.
the use of narration, song, and photographs, Mr. Lacson conveyed
the story of his meeting Claudia, their marriage, her pregnancy
and subsequent illness, the passing of Claudia and Emma, and Romel’s
inspiration to begin the Amaya-Lacson TB Photovoice Project (see
photo). Performing with Mr. Lacson were Steve Cunningham (guitar),
Charae Krueger (cello), Kathy Kuczka (narrator), Tom McGivney (percussion),
and Yanique Redwood (TB Photovoice presentation). The moving program
ended with a video of Romel and Claudia.
Currently, the TB Photovoice Project is underway in El Paso, Texas;
Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Immediately following the “Faces and Voices in the Fight
Against Tuberculosis” program, DTBE held a potluck luncheon
in Corporate Square, Building 11. Historical items about TB were
on display in the room where the luncheon took place, thanks to
DTBE’s Dan Ruggiero.
off the luncheon was a performance by the U.S. Public Health Service
Ensemble (see photo). During the course of the luncheon, the winners
of door prizes donated by the Atlanta business community were announced.
In addition to the live events on the CDC campus, DTBE published
two science articles. One article titled “Emergence of Mycobacterium
tuberculosis with Extensive Resistance to Second-Line Drugs
—Worldwide, 2000–2004,” appeared in the March
24 edition of the MMWR. This article was a first-time report
on the worldwide emergence of extensively drug-resistant TB.
A second article, appearing in the same MMWR edition and
titled “Trends in Tuberculosis – United States, 2005,”
presented provisional TB case and rate data reported for 2005. The
article discussed CDC’s efforts in addressing the high rates
of TB among foreign-born persons and blacks in the United States.
A Notice to Readers about the history and importance of World TB
Day also appeared on the MMWR cover. The World TB Day MMWR
may be viewed and downloaded at
www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5511.pdf. The National Center for
HIV, STD, and TB Prevention’s Office of Communications sent
the media and TB controllers a fact sheet about the articles along
with a statement by Dr. Fenton about the progress being made and
the challenges that remain in the battle against TB.
To assist TB controllers and other partners throughout the United
States in their TB elimination efforts, DTBE produced and distributed
a variety of updated World TB Day materials for use in local efforts.
These updated materials, available for order at
- A variety of World TB Day posters
- “TB Elimination: Now Is the Time” brochure, which
contains key messages about TB not being a disease of the past,
the consequences of neglecting TB control programs, and what must
be done to finish the job of eliminating TB in the United States
- “A Global Perspective on Tuberculosis” fact sheet,
which contains historical information on World TB Day, the impact
of TB worldwide, and global TB data
- “Tuberculosis in Minorities” fact sheet; discusses
the disproportionate burden of TB in minorities and factors likely
to contribute to this burden
- “Tuberculosis in Blacks” fact sheet presenting TB
morbidity rates for black non-Hispanic persons in the United States;
these data emphasize the need to eliminate TB and to focus on
preventing and controlling TB in this minority group
DTBE created a 2006 World TB Day section on its website that
may be visited at
http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/WorldTBDay/2006/default.htmm. The World
TB Day section features a page with the history of World TB Day
and its importance today, a page featuring the materials mentioned
above (and other TB educational materials), and an activities
page that features an interactive map of World TB Day activities
around the United States.
During the week of World TB Day, the CDC website home page featured
a World TB Day “Spotlight.”
Also, the CDC en Espanol website featured a “Spotlight”
and a World TB Day page in Spanish.
Finally, DTBE and the National Prevention Information
Network (NPIN) created a 2006 World TB Day section on the NPIN
webpage that contains information about World TB Day and various
TB-related materials. The NPIN World TB Day webpage may be visited
Reported by Scott McCoy, MEd
Div of TB Elimination