COVID-19 and TB: Personal perspectives
The Union Courses Online. Kate O'Brien, Ezio Tavora Dos Santos Filho, Dr Purna Kashyap, Dr Thato Mosidi, Athira Elssa Johnson and Claire Forlani . 06/18/20; 304100 Topic: Tuberculosis
  Kate O'Brien, Ezio Tavora Dos Santos Filho, Dr Purna Kashyap, Dr Thato Mosidi, Athira Elssa Johnson and Claire Forlani
Kate O'Brien, Ezio Tavora Dos Santos Filho, Dr Purna Kashyap, Dr Thato Mosidi, Athira Elssa Johnson and Claire Forlani
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Six months after the Sars-Cov-2 novel coronavirus was identified in China, statistics about COVID-19 including  fatality and contagion rates are still daily news worldwide. 

Reports of the impact that COVID-19 is already having on the tuberculosis (TB) response in many countries and models of its potential long term impact are deeply worrying.  Beyond the statistics, the personal experiences of those affected can easily be overlooked. 
To bring the personal experiences of those affected by COVID-19 and TB to the fore, The Union’s Community Advisory Panel (UCAP) will be holding a web based conversation with TB survivors, COVID-19 survivors and advocates, to ensure that the individual lived experiences of TB and COVID-19 are heard.

This open discussion will focus in particular on the mental health challenges of dealing with TB and COVID-19 and issues around the stigma which so many survivors of both diseases face. Other topics will include how the TB response has been affected by COVID-19 and community responses to this. 

Kate O’Brien and Ezio Tavora Dos Santos Filho, both TB survivors, will chair the discussion.

The panellists will be:  
Dr Purna C. Kashyap, a Covid-19 survivor, based in the USA.
Ms Athira Elssa Johnson, who is currently receiving treatment for TB, and living in Kerala, India.
Dr Thato Mosidi, extensively-drug resistant TB (XDR-TB) survivor, who lives in South Africa.
Film and television actor Claire Forlani, TB Ambassador for the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

1) to discuss the challenges that people affected by Covid-19 and by TB are experiencing during Covid-19,  





2) what the needs are of these communities; and 





3) what needs to be done to support them. 



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