On the occasion of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (24 March) the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and the European Parliament Working Group on Innovation, Access to Medicines and Poverty-Related Diseases invite you to:
"FACES OF TB" - Photo exhibition, Presentation of new TB data & Reception on 20 March, 2013
Hosted by MEP Glenis Willmott
Wednesday 20 March 2013, 18.30–20.30
European Parliament, Brussels
Under the patronage of Ms Glenis Willmott MEP, member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Parliament Working Group on Innovation, Access to Medicines and Poverty-Related Diseases will be hosting a photo exhibition at the European Parliament on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day 2013.
"Faces of TB" will be officially opened on 20 March 2013 at 18:30 and last until 22 March. New data on TB in the European Region will be also presented by key-note speakers:
WHO experts as well as Mr.Steve Bradley will be at your disposal for interviews during the event.
A reception will follow.
TB is a major public health threat globally, including WHO European Region. It can be transmitted simply by breathing the same air as someone suffering from the disease.
TB costs the European Union (EU) an estimated €15 million every week and €750 million every year. Multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB) is hundreds of times more costly to treat. The burden of drug-susceptible tuberculosis (TB) is at risk of being replaced in some countries by epidemics of MDR-TB. With current approaches, only 19% of estimated MDR-TB cases are being detected globally and only 48% of these patients are cured. 15 of the 27 MDR-TB high burden countries in the world are in the European Region . These numbers are only set to increase if we don't act now.
How to register for the event
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