To Treat HIV, Treat TB: Strategies for Saving Lives in Africa

Dr. Marcos Espinal Wed 29th September 2004 3:00-4:00 PM Bunche Hall, Room 6275 Globalization Research Center--Africa

Wednesday, September 29, 2004
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Dr. Marcos Espinal is the Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, which is hosted by the World Health Organization. Prior to being appointed Executive Secretary, Dr. Espinal was the Project Manager for the DOTS-Plus Initiative at the TB Strategy and Operations (TBS) unit of the Stop TB Department of WHO in Geneva. Dr. Espinal is a physician graduated from the University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with specialization in Pediatrics from the Robert Reid Children Hospital of Santo Domingo. He then completed his Master and Doctoral degrees in Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley he returned to the Dominican Republic where he worked for 4 years at the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health leading several investigations in tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases. In 1996, he was awarded the scientific prize of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Dr. Espinal joined WHO in 1997 to lead the WHO/IUATLD Global Project on Drug Resistance Surveillance. In 2000 he became responsible for the newly established DOTS-Plus initiative for the management of multidrug-resistance tuberculosis, including the activities of the Stop TB Working Group on DOTS-Plus for MDR-TB and the WHO housed Green Light Committee, a partnership initiative that has successfully introduced projects to manage MDR-TB with second-line drugs in more than 10 countries. Over the last several years, Dr. Espinal has published more than 40 papers mostly in the field of TB, MDR-TB, and HIV.