At The Union’s General Assembly, Her Imperial Highness Princess Akishino of Japan was made an Honorary Member in recognition of her active participation in The Union’s mission and the fulfilment of its goals, and her lifelong commitment to ending tuberculosis (TB).
HIH Princess Akishino has been actively contributing to the promotion of anti-tuberculosis activities since she succeeded the Patroness of Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association in 1994 from the late Her Imperial Highness Princess Chichibu., who had been the Patroness for nearly 60 years since the beginning of the Association.
As the Patroness, HIH Princess Akishino has been cooperating with health professionals such as medical doctors and public nurses, encouraging participants of training programmes on measures against TB, and supporting and participating in activities of volunteers in local communities for promoting public awareness on tuberculosis and other health issues.
Presenting the award, Union past-President Dr Jane Carter said, “Her Imperial Highness uses every opportunity to support and encourage those working in the fight against TB”.
The title of Honorary Member was also given to Professor Bertie Squire from the UK. Having served as President of The Union between 2008 and 2011, Dr Carter described his leadership role during that time as, “A moral compass, institutional memory and sage advisor”.
Dr Joseph Amolo Aluoch of Kenya was also made an Honorary Member in 2017 and attended the General Assembly to receive his award.
Dr Jeremiah Chakaya Muhwa awarded The Union Medal to Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla from Zambia and Professor Andrew Nunn from the United Kingdom.
The Union Medal, The Union’s highest honour, is awarded to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the control of tuberculosis or lung health by their scientific work and/or actions in the field.
Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla is Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London. He is internationally renowned for his extensive outputs and leadership of infectious/tropical diseases research and capacity development activities.
Professor Andrew Nunn has been at the forefront of research efforts to improve the treatment of tuberculosis for more than 50 years. He has played a major role in many of the most important studies that have resulted in better treatments for people infected with tuberculosis throughout the world.
Also during the meeting, resolutions were passed including the 2017 Annual Report, the treasury report and the proposed budget for 2019. Union members also heard the President’s report from the past year.
Heritage and Organisational Members from nine countries participated in this year’s Christmas Seals Exhibit and Contest. Union members voted for their favourite seals either online or at The Union Village.
Announced during the General Assembly, the Christmas Seals winners were:
1st prize: The Tuberculosis Association of India
2nd prize: Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA)
3rd prize: The Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest and Heart Diseases Association