In March 2008, Lisa Marchal, a minister who works with ACTION partner RESULTS Educational Fund, had a very successful one-on-one meeting with Rick Wilson, deputy chief of staff for Representative Dan Burton (R-IN). On the agenda: the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its TB provisions. After discussing the need for robust TB-HIV co-treatment programs, Wilson asked Lisa to send him additional information.
ACTION partner RESULTS UK organized a Parliamentary Delegation to Kenya in September 2005. The Members of Parliament (MPs) went on site visits to a number of TB and TB-HIV programs. They were given opportunities to discuss issues in great detail directly with patients, health workers, NGOs, the Kenyan Ministry of Health and representatives from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Kenya.
ACTION has held two three-day TB Champions Media Workshops at Eli Lilly and Company’s international headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. The objective: To increase the number of influential spokespeople who can successfully raise awareness and support for global TB control issues, including drug resistance and the deadly links between TB and HIV.
Lucy Chesire is a nutritionist by trade and an activist by calling. In 1997, Lucy became the first female health professional in Kenya to publicly acknowledge her HIV status. In 2000, as is the case with close to 80% of HIV patients who contract tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa, Lucy came close to death. She has since recovered from TB and now uses her personal story to educate and engage.