Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Let's clean bowl TB, says Anil Kumble

India is the world capital of TB and we should come together and stop it. We all can do it and let's come together, said Anil Kumble.

Indian Development Foundation team comprising Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, Mr. C. Chidambaram, Dr. S. Franklin, Master Karan Dravid and Master Nishchith called on the cricket legend Anil Kumble at the National Cricket Academy, Bangalore on 16th March 2009.

Anil Kumble endorsed the message for the World TB Day saying `Let's clean bowl TB'. He also endosed the message `I am stopping TB' when he met the IDF team. "It is the responsibility of every individual to come forward and support the cause. TB is rampant in India and we need to stop it at urgently. It is only possible by creating awareness in the society. Awareness is the key which can help in bridging the gap and getting cure to several lakhs of people who are suffering. I appreciate the good work of Indian Development Foundation in the area of Tuberculosis awareness programme, Anil Kumble said.

Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, national co-ordinator of IDF explained the nation-wide awareness programme organised by IDF and also spreading the message through posters which are endorsed Anil Kumble. TB is curable and the treatment is available free at all DOTS centre in India. The role of government, public health centres and also NGOs need to be appreciated in the area of tuberculosis control programme. Dr. Narayan said, IDF is a proud partner of WHO's StopTB Partnership strengthening massive awareness in reaching out millions.

IDF Southern Region Managers - Mr. Chidambaram and Dr. Franklin - explained the regional awareness activities carried out in southern India to control Tuberculosis. IDF managers said that the Foundation could reach several millions in India through TB awareness posters endorsed by Anil Kumble and Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand.

The team recorded special thanks to Mr. Manoj Shetty and his friends for organising thousands of awareness posters as their personal contribution to India's fight against TB.

IDF young ambassadors - Karan Dravid (9) and Nischith (10) - were thrilled to meet the cricket legend. Karan and Nishchith narrated the successful social stories where their contributions helped in transforming several lives.

Anil Kumble congratulated the young ambassadors of IDF and also the entire IDF team in spreaheading the tuberculosis awareness programme. Kumble also congratulated Dr. Narayan B. Iyer on being selected to represent IDF in the WHO's StopTB Partners Forum at Brazil during World TB Day.

"World TB Day is on 24th March. "


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