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GHH Seminar 108: Tuberculosis, Infectious Disease Control & Primary Health Care

Thursday 5 July 2018, 2.30PM to 16:00

Speaker(s): Niels Brimnes (Aarhus University, Denmark) and Shiva Murugasampillay (Global Public Health, Switzerland &  Former Senior Adviser, Global Malaria Programme, WHO)

Tuberculosis, an ancient and deadly foe, continues to be a protracted health challenge. The 2018 World Health Assembly reiterated the need for Member States to accelerate their commitment to ending the scourge of TB.

This represents the latest effort in a long history of attempts to control TB, and many other infectious diseases. In this seminar Niels Brimnes examines a prominent episode from this history: India’s National Tuberculosis Programme was launched with great enthusiasm in the early 1960s, and was quickly viewed as a model to be followed elsewhere. Yet the programme failed to live up to expectations, and Dr Brimnes examines the problems and obstacles which faced the ambitious programme. The WHO’s constitution sought to address both fighting diseases and strengthening health systems, yet the past 70 years has seen the rise and fall of both. Bringing the story up to the present, Shiva Murugasampillay will explore the unfinished business of eradicating Polio, Guinea Worm, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Tuberculosis, Ebola and new challenges of HIV, Zika and Non-Communicable Diseases in the context of Universal Health Coverage.

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, UK

Admission: Free and open to all, but please do email CGHH@york.ac.uk to indicate your interest in attending.

Email: CGHH@york.ac.uk