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TB Notes 4, 2003

The Stop TB Partnership at the World Health Organization

This article first appeared in the August/September 2003 edition of the TBI Monthly Update, a publication of the Tuberculosis Initiative at Princeton Project 55 (viewable online at It was written by Nina Jenkins-Johnston, a Princeton senior majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs.

In the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs (WWS), I have chosen to focus my studies on domestic and international health policy. During my junior year, my first independent project focused on efforts to reduce black infant mortality in New Jersey, and the second looked at efforts to combat diarrhea in children in rural areas of West Africa. After completing both of these projects, I decided that I wanted to get a real feel for what it was like to work in the international sector and to see what efforts were being made to improve global health. With the help of Dr. Richard Fluck, a visiting professor at Princeton from Franklin and Marshall College, I was able to obtain an internship with the Stop TB Partnership.

The Stop TB Partnership is a public-private sector partnership housed at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Its mission is to help combat the growing TB epidemic worldwide. The Stop TB Partnership is dedicated to its efforts particularly because TB affects one third of the world's population and kills two million people each year, despite the fact that it can be effectively cured with proper treatment. The Partnership currently has more than 100 members all over the world. One of its major challenges is to set up an information distribution system that would enable all members to benefit from the expertise, tools, and activities for the collective partnership. The Partnership expressed an interest in having an intern who would assist the Information Manager at the Partnership.
During my 6 weeks at the Partnership, I was mainly involved in the development of an online TB information center for the new Stop TB Web site. There was a need to create a comprehensive, well-structured center where health professionals and others involved in TB-related work could obtain research and educational materials. My supervisor and I worked with two organizations: Healthlink Worldwide and Source. Healthlink is a small information management NGO based in London, and Source is an international information support center designed to strengthen the management, use, and impact of information on health. The Partnership is hoping to contract with Healthlink for the ongoing administration of the TB resource center. Together with representatives from Healthlink, I helped develop mock-up pages of how to structure the resource center so that information could be posted and retrieved by users in the most navigable way.

In addition to my tasks as an assistant to the information manager, I also worked with the Stop TB Partnership's Communications and Advocacy team to prepare for the second Stop TB Partners' Forum meeting in New Delhi in December 2003. The first Partners' Forum meeting took place in Washington, DC, in October 2001 and was a milestone in the global effort to control TB. It brought together 200 participants from around the world, including representatives from 18 of the 22 high-burden countries. The forum in New Delhi this December is a follow-up to the first meeting. In preparation for this meeting, I helped the Communications and Advocacy team compile a comprehensive media contact list for the six official WHO regions. I also helped update the online directory of all the partners in the Partnership. This latter task was the first step toward creating a searchable CD-ROM for the 2003 forum that would contain complete and updated information on all the Stop TB partners. The CD-ROM would provide contact information, addresses, and descriptions of what area of TB the partner was involved in.

At the end of the internship, I was asked to present my work to all the staff at the Partnership. Working at the Stop TB Partnership was a rewarding experience. It enabled me to gain insight into the many challenges that international organizations face in their efforts to control global health epidemics. It was certainly quite encouraging to actually witness and be a part of these efforts. This year I will be working with the Stop TB Partnership and the Woodrow Wilson School to ensure that other students interested in health policy are able to benefit from such an experience.

For more information about the Partnership please visit

—Submitted by Nina Jenkins-Johnston
Princeton University Class of 2004


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