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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 efforts.

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 ( 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 (, 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.

Photo of a band playingThrough 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.

Photo of a band playingKicking 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 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 included the following:

  • 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 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 at

Reported by Scott McCoy, MEd
Div of TB Elimination


Released October 2008
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