Congratulations are in order to TB and Lung Health champion Dr Jeremiah Chakaya following his appointment as President of the International Union against TB and Lung Disease (IUATLD) also known as the UNION. Prior to this appointment, Dr Chakaya served as an individual member representative to the UNION Board.
This is indeed a great honour bestowed upon an equally honourable and distinguished professional who has over the duration of his illustrious career consistently kept Kenya and its efforts to fight TB and other lung diseases on the global map.
Dr Chakaya has had a distinguished career in TB and lung disease control as a Clinician, Advocate, Manager and Researcher, having served in many positions including as head of the Ministry of Health’s National TB, Leprosy and Lung Disease Program between 2003 and 2006 and as chair of the DOTS Expansion Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership, among many other prolific roles both locally and internationally.
Dr Chakaya is well known within the Kenyan TB control circles as a founding member of the Kenya Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (KAPTLD), and particularly in initiating the public-private mix for TB control. Under Dr Chakaya’s leadership, KAPTLD continues to be a key and long-term partner of the NTLD-Program in the prevention of TB and other lung diseases.
As the incoming President of the UNION, Dr Chakaya takes over from Dr Jane Carter, an American professor who has also been working with AMPATH in Kenya.
The NTLD-Program congratulates Dr Chakaya on this well deserved appointment and looks forward to working with him in making even greater strides to END TB in Kenya.