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Parliamentarians, Ministers, Celebrities and TB survivors come together at the TB-Free India Summit at Dharamshala

Dharamshala, March 31, 2017: The TB-Free India Summit will bring together celebrities, international experts, members of parliament (MP) from across party lines, and the media, in the city, on April 8. The summit and the INDIAvsTB Cricket match are new  initiatives to focus attention on ways to increase awareness about the disease, eliminate TB, increase multi-sectoral participation, and encourage greater participation from the private sector.

The event will be jointly hosted by International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s, Challenge TB project and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) as part of the Call to Action for a TB-Free India campaign.

The summit closes with an exciting cricket match where the MPs’ XI team captained by MP Anurag Thakur will go head-to-head against the Mumbai Heroes celebrity team, captained by Bollywood superstar Bobby Deol. The playing team includes Mr. Manoj Tiwari, Mr. Deepinder Hooda, Mr. Shahnawaz Hussain, Mr. Mohammed Azharuddin, Mr. Gaurav Gogoi, Mr. Sunil Shetty, Bobby Deol, Jimmy Shergill, Sonu Sood, Aftab Shivdasani, Mahesh Manjrekar, amongst many others dignitaries.

At the summit, the delegates will discuss what makes TB a public health issue in India and share their perspectives on what India needs to do to end TB by 2025.The key speakers at the conference include Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India; Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting; Mr. PK Dhumal, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh; Mr. VP Singh Badnore, Governor, Punjab; Mark A White, Mission Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), India; Jose Luis Castro, Executive Director, The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union); and Henk Bekedam, WHO.

Corporates will also share their commitments towards a TB-Free India and will discuss ways to accelerate public private partnerships to end TB in the country by 2025. TB survivors Deepti Chavan and Rhea Lobo will also speak at the summit and share their personal journeys after being diagnosed with the disease.

Catch the action live on DD National on April 8, 2017; 4:00 PM onwards.  

Event Details:

Date: April 8

Venue: HPCA Cricket Stadium

Time: 3:00 PM onwards

For tickets, please write to [email protected]

About Challenge TB: Call to Action for a TB-Free India

Challenge TB is the flagship TB control programme of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) has been tasked to implement the Challenge TB project in India through its Union South-East Asia Office in New Delhi. Since its founding in 1920, The Union has drawn from the best scientific evidence and expertise to advance solutions to public health challenges affecting people living in poverty.


Call to Action for a TB-Free India

The Call to Action for a TB-Free India calls for increased efforts to control TB through innovative policies and new strategies to raise awareness and domestic resources to end TB in India. Shri J.P. Nadda, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, launched the Call to Action for a TB-Free India on 23 April, 2015. The goal of the Call to Action is to increase the visibility of TB and mobilize domestic resources and commitment to end TB in India.

About HPCA:

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association was formed with the objective of augmentation of game of Cricket in the state of Himachal, in the year 1960.

The HPCA stadium, Dharmsala boasts of modern day facilities and state of the art infrastructure. It has a seating capacity of about 25000 spectators and features separate indoor and outdoor practice areas, spacious dressing rooms with requisite facilities, latest irrigation facilities, well equipped gymnasium, separate press gallery, TV & Radio Commentators Boxes, club house, recreational centre, post-match conference hall, and indeed one of the most picturesque view in the world.