Opening remarks and Q&A Session with H.E. Mr. Koro Bessho, Japanese Ambassador to the UN and Co-Chair of UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis
H. E. Mr. Koro Bessho, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
Panel (12 min each)
Panelist 1: An expert on TB in urban settings will discuss the human-centered approach on TB management and how it aligns with the “human security” approach.
Panelist: Dr. Paula Fujiwara, MD., MPH., Scientific Director, International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases
Comment: A representative of Georgian Permanent Mission to the UN will make a comment on the situation and national policy of TB in Georgia.
Panelist: Dr. Tamar Tchelidze, MD., MPH., Councillor, Permanent Mission of Georgia to the UN
Panelist 3: MSF will present its perspective on the HLM process--the positives and the critique on some of important issues, reflecting existing gaps in diagnostics, treatment and prevention in the field
Panelist: Mr. Leonardo Palumbo, U.S. Advocacy Adviser, Medicins sans Frontieres
Panelist 4: A civil society representative will discuss the challenges of follow-up and review of the outcomes of the HLM
Panelist: Mr. Mike Frick, TB/HIV Senior Project Officer, Treatment Action Group
Questions and Answers
Moderator: Keiko Watanabe, Senior Advisor, Africa Japan Forum
Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership (video message)
Kotobuki-cho is a day workers district in Yokokhama City, which is a port city near Tokyo. Despite Kotobuki-Cho is a part of central district in Yokohama, it has been separated and isolated from other districts surrounding it. In this densely populated poor area, once the incidence rate of TB was once more than 50 times larger than the average of Yokohama City.