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To increase public awareness on TB and the solutions being done to combat it, #TBFreePH is launching the TB Media Fellowship in the Philippines. The objective of this fellowship is to produce in-depth stories about Tuberculosis in the Philippines that follows a civic journalism framework or “the inclusion of the public in the journalist’s work.”

Manila, March 24, 2021 --- Estimating over 100,000 deaths due to tuberculosis (TB) in the next five years, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III sounded the alarm for a swift recovery in TB care and services amid COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous health and economic impacts, even affecting our TB response. But let us come together and bring our TB response back on track,” Secretary Duque said at an online advocacy event in observance of World TB Day.

Over 100,000 Filipinos may die of tuberculosis (TB) in the next five years or 20,000 TB deaths per year if TB services continue to be disrupted because of mobility restrictions brought about by COVID-19.

A modelling study by the Imperial College of London projected between 65,100 to 146,300 TB deaths may happen if local TB services remain limited in another year.

A brilliant and dedicated physician. A dynamic leader. A visionary with a heart. A loving wife and mother. These are just some of the descriptions that would be used by most people to remember the late Dr. Thelma E. Tupasi-Ramos, the woman who changed the course of tuberculosis (TB) in Philippine history.

For more than five decades of unwavering commitment towards her countrymen, she showed how a scientist, health leader, physician, mentor, wife, and mother could all be rolled into one.

 

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