World TB Day, which falls on March 24th each year, is designed to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.
The theme of this year — “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world” — focuses on building commitment to end TB at all levels from politicians and community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, researchers, doctors or nurses, NGOs and other partners. All can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own work or terrain.
Dr. Marcel Behr
By Dr. Marcel Behr, Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Director of the McGill International TB Centre
|At the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Research Institute of the MUHC, our leaders continuously unite efforts to end TB, here, in labs and clinics, or abroad, in the field, but always with bold ideas. The articles below highlight their most recent ideas and work in the field.
Dr. Maziar Divangahi
Canadian researchers’ innovative work promises to make vaccines more effective against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases like the flu
Dr. Madhukar Pai
Dr. Madhukar Pai and his team awarded Grand Challenges Canada distinction for research tackling TB in children in West Africa
Dr. Kevin Schwartzman
Current strategy of annual screening in North America is expensive and ineffective
Amélie Fosso, clinical nurse specialist
In 2012, when a tuberculosis outbreak plagued a small Inuit community in Nunavik, in the northern region of Quebec, Amélie Fosso, clinical nurse specialist at the outpatient Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic of the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MCI-MUHC), immediately volunteered to be part of the Montreal team that was deployed to assist the community.