Champion stories
Dr. Françoise Bigirimana, Medical Officer – Regional Office for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO AFRO)
July 2021 - When asked what Canada should do in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Françoise Bigirimana draws on her experience working with HIV: “The current context of the COVID-19 vaccine brings me back to the mid-1990s when HIV treatment was effective in Europe and North America, but there was no capacity for it in low-income countries. It was so sad to see a huge number of people dying in my country (Burundi). The inequity to treatment was so high, despite the virus having no border.”
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Saurabh Rane, TB Survivor, Mumbai, India
April 2020 - Saurabh Rane lives in Mumbai, India and works as an associate in an artificial intelligence non-profit which builds solutions for health care and agriculture. He is also a TB survivor.“ I believe that the world changes by your actions and not your opinions. Life is what you make of it, and TB shouldn’t make you lose your dreams. My victory over TB has helped me raise awareness about TB, destigmatize it and provide hope and belief to patients. The aim is to thrive, not just stay alive.”
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Kate O’Brien, TB Survivor, New York City (NY)
January 2020 - “People need to know how many people die from tuberculosis even though we have a cure for it. When you think about what an injustice that is - that this is a curable disease - that keeps me up at night. It just makes me crazy when I think that 1.6 million people die of a disease that we have a cure for. It should make you nuts. It’s a huge injustice.”
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Rhea shares her tuberculosis experience
November 2019 - Rhea Lobo is an international award winning filmmaker from India. She uses her platform and her experience with tuberculosis to raise awareness about the importance of taking action in the fight against this terrible disease. She encourages those with the ability to use their voices to speak out to learn how they can make a difference and to stand up for those who can't.
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#WorldPolioDay - Safia's Story
October 2019 - What is it like to live with the effects of polio? For World Polio Day, UNICEF Canada's Special Vaccination Representative Safia Ibrahim shares her story - of life and motherhood as a survivor of polio.
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