What will it take to eliminate the global TB epidemic?

Presented by Dr Mario C. Raviglione, Director of the Global TB Program at the World Health Organization (WHO)


Tuesday 1 September 2015


5:45-6:30pm Meet the Researchers – join us before the talk to speak with academic staff about undertaking research in communicable diseases.
6:30-7:30pm Lecture and Q&A

Venue Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney

Tuberculosis remains one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases. Dr Raviglione will provide an assessment of the global burden of tuberculosis. He will discuss the achievements during the Millenium Development Goal era and the challenges in the new post-2015 era of the sustainable development goals.
Finally, he will also introduce the new End TB Strategy that aims at ending the TB epidemic by 2035 as part of a trajectory towards TB elimination, describing the research needs and defining the necessary commitments.

About the speaker

Mario Raviglione

Mario Raviglione

Mario C. Raviglione has been Director of the Global TB Program at the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2003. As Director of the Program, he is responsible for setting norms, policies and standards on TB control, coordinating technical support to countries, monitoring the global situation, and developing innovative interventions through translation of new evidence into policies and practice, and addressing system challenges such as community and private sector engagement.

Dr Raviglione graduated from the University of Turin in 1980, and trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases in New York and Boston before joining WHO in 1991 to work in the field of TB/HIV research and epidemiology. In the subsequent two decades, has been deeply involved in the development and implementation of WHO’s major global TB surveillance, monitoring and prevention programs. Major achievements include the DOTS strategy in 1994, the development of the Stop TB Strategy in 2006 and the new End TB global strategy approved by the World Health Assembly in 2014. He has been a member of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board since 2001.