“Welcome. It has been a productive six months for all of us. I deeply appreciate your time and many contributions since we last met. Thank you, my sister Thoraya Obaid, for our joint mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo and for bringing together UNAIDS and Women Deliver. Your leadership in the AIDS response has made our collaboration at the global and country level exemplary. I look forward to hearing you speak on behalf of all the Cosponsors today.
At the World Health Assembly, The Lancet held a seminar on 18 May, to launch its new series of expert articles on TB, and to announce the establishment of its TB Observatory to monitor the progress in the fight against the disease. A surprise visitor, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO, dropped by as she has a personal interest in TB. Here she discusses her experiences as a practitioner, and how patient centered care, with patients having choices, is the only way to go forward in the effort to turn back the TB pandemic.