On Tuesday, August 14th the United Nations Correspondents Association held a press briefing with Dr. Paula Fujiwara, Scientific Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) to discuss the negotiated Political Declaration to be presented at the first UN High-level meeting on Tuberculosis in September.
The event was moderated by UNCA President and SABC News Correspondent, Sherwin Bryce-Pease.
Dr. Fujiwara’s BIO and a video of the briefing are available below.
Dr Paula I Fujiwara, MD, MPH, was seconded by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to The Union in 2001. She has since served as Director of both the Departments of HIV and TB and became Scientific Director in June 2013, with responsibility for overseeing all technical departments and projects of The Union. Dr Fujiwara and her team developed the successful Integrated HIV Care for TB Patients Living with HIV/AIDS (IHC) Programme in Africa and Asia, as well as related courses and a technical guide. She has provided technical assistance to numerous national TB programmes and represents The Union on key committees, such as WHO’s STAG-TB, as well as serving as a Senior Advisor to Vital Strategies, The Union’s affiliate in North America.
Prior to coming to The Union, Dr Fujiwara was seconded by CDC to New York City’s Bureau of TB Control, during which time, the incidence of TB declined by more than two-thirds and MDR-TB almost disappeared. She completed her medical training at the University of California (UC) Davis and UC San Francisco and also holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science degree from UC Berkeley. She has published scholarly articles on the public health aspects of TB control and MDR-TB.
Michael Kessler, Media Consultant, The Union
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