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Dr. Lucica Ditiu
Dr. Lucica Ditiu was appointed Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership in January 2011. A native of Romania, Dr. Ditiu is a physician and researcher who has devoted her career to improving the lives of people living in communities heavily burdened by tuberculosis (TB).

Dr. Ditiu began a career with WHO in January 2000 as a medical officer for TB in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia within the disaster and preparedness unit of the WHO European Regional Office. In this role she worked with all institutions involved in TB care, including ministers of health and justice. She also directly supported civil society and communities, funding their efforts through a grant from the European Commission for Humanitarian Assistance. In 2006 she was selected to be a medical officer in the TB unit of the European Regional Office in Copenhagen.

In January 2010 Dr. Ditiu joined the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat in Geneva to lead the TB REACH initiative, whose goal is to improve access to TB treatment. The program awards grants of up to $1 million to applicants demonstrating that their organizations can reach poor and vulnerable populations and provide them with TB care.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Dr. Ditiu completed specialty training in pulmonology through a joint programme with the Romanian National Institute of Lung Diseases (Marius Nasta). In 1999 she received a certificate in International Public Health from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which she completed as a fellow in epidemiology of lung diseases, TB control and program management and evaluation. In 2004 she received the National Order of Merit medal for medicine in recognition of her fundraising efforts on behalf of the Romanian TB Control Programme and Ministry Health.

Blog Entries by Dr. Lucica Ditiu

Should We Celebrate World TB Day? I'll Tell You in 1000 Days

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 2:21 PM

I was talking to Benedict Xaba, Swaziland's health minister, this morning when someone asked us how we are planning to celebrate World TB Day.

We told them about the event we are attending today in Swaziland to launch a new 1,000 day push against TB and HIV. And...

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Ending AIDS? Not Without Ending Tuberculosis

(8) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 8:43 AM

Over the course of our careers, we have both visited dozens of countries. We've been inspired by the people we've met who are living with HIV and are thriving today because they are able to get the care they need.

We still don't have a cure for AIDS, but...

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