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    Dr Muhammad Amir Khan receives global TB award

    Dr Muhammad Amir Khan being presented with the Princess Chichibu Memorial TB Global Award by Her Imperial Highness The Princess Akishino. Photograph: IUATLD

    The prestigious Princess Chichibu Memorial TB Global Award, recognising outstanding contributions to global TB control, has been presented to Dr Muhammad Amir Khan for his significant achievements in TB control activities.

    Dr Khan, the Chief Executive for the Association for Social Development (ASD), was acknowledged for over 20 years of development, research and implementation support work with the National TB control programme in Pakistan.

    Commenting on the award, Dr Khan said:

    “I feel proud to receive an award on behalf of a team that played a significant role in strengthening TB control in Pakistan.

    “This would not have been possible without continued support from the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, the National TB Control Programme, the World Health Organization and civil society partners, and the ASD team.”

    Prof John Walley, Co-Director of COMIDIS-HSD, said:

    “This is a wonderful recognition of the great achievements over 20 years in developing and evaluating so many components of TB care, prevention and health promotion in the public-private facilities across Pakistan.

    “Currently more than 250,000 TB patients a year are being treated with the packages of care that have been developed through this collaboration led by Dr Khan. 20 years ago the cure rate was 30% and TB was known as a death sentence. No longer.”

    The Princess Chichibu Global TB Memorial Award is presented annually in memory of Princess Chichibu of Japan by the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association. Recommended by the Awards committee of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, a candidate is nominated and confirmed by the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association.

    The award was presented by Her Imperial Highness The Princess Akishino, who serves as patroness of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association, at the 49th World Conference on TB and Lung in The Hague, Netherlands.