The Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, United States

Royal Dutch Tuberculosis Foundation to Honor USAID

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation will honor the U.S. Agency for International Development’s eminence and leadership in the global fight against tuberculosis on March 21 at the residence of the Royal Netherlands Ambassador to the United States.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a centuries-old disease that kills 1.4 million people every year, and is the leading cause of death for people living with HIV/AIDS.

While there is an effective cure for TB, failure to complete treatment and mismanagement of TB medicines has resulted in a resurgence of forms of TB that resist our treatment tools. Without careful stewardship and well-directed treatment, TB could once again become untreatable.

USAID is working with 28 countries to build and strengthen TB services, reduce mortality, and prevent the rise of drug-resistant TB.

USAID and KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation have collaborated closely for 13 years. The venture started with the TBCTA project (2000-2006), was followed by the TBCAP project (2005-2011) and continues currently with the TB CARE I project (2010-2015).

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is the prime of the Cooperative Agreements for these projects, in charge of managing the Tuberculosis Coalition for Technical Assistance (TBCTA) to achieve the goals and ambitions of the USAID TB CARE I program.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation on March 21 will honor USAID, recognizing the agency’s exemplary leadership, trustful partnership and highly skilled and strategically directed contributions to global tuberculosis control. KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation bestows the award to mark its 110-year anniversary and 2013 World TB Day on March 24.

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID, will accept the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Award for Eminence in TB Control on behalf of the USAID.

The press has the opportunity to get a first-hand account of the challenges and achievements in the field as experienced over the past 13 years. This in an informal conversation before the Award Ceremony with:

  • Pat Bond, a nurse who was working in a private renal dialysis unit in Cape Town, South Africa, when she was diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID.
  • Dr. Maarten van Cleeff, Project Director TB CARE I.

Journalists who wish to interview any of the three speakers and/or wish to attend the award ceremony should email Carla Bundy or call 202-274-2632 to make arrangements by Monday, March 18.

About KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is the principal international nonprofit organizations exclusively dedicated to and focused on fighting tuberculosis worldwide and to strengthening health systems against TB, globally and locally. Learn more at www.kncvtbc.org.