PBS FRONTLINE Film Prompts Media Coverage Of TB Epidemic

News sources examine the growing threat of multidrug-resistant TB, highlighted this week in a FRONTLINE special presentation.

The full-length video report on tuberculosis (TB) is available online, in addition to several accompanying news stories. “From the valleys of Swaziland in Southern Africa, the story of a brave community who let us into their lives to shed light on a new epidemic of a very old disease. A disease that is becoming resistant to treatment and is spreading. Intimate stories of people fighting to survive…” (3/25).

Kaiser Family Foundation: TB Silent Killer: FRONTLINE Documentary and Panel Discussion
The Kaiser Family Foundation on Tuesday hosted a “discussion with a panel of experts: Jezza Neumann, producer, writer and director of TB Silent Killer; Josh Michaud, associate director for global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation; Christine F. Sizemore, chief of the Tuberculosis, Leprosy and other Mycobacterial Diseases Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health; and Jonathon Gass, monitoring and evaluation specialist at Ariadne Labs, who worked as an epidemiologist for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. Penny Duckham, executive director of the Foundation’s Media Fellowships Program, made introductory remarks and moderated the panel discussion.” A webcast of the panel discussion is available online (3/25).

NPR: Tuberculosis Roars Back With A Deadly Edge
NPR’s “Shots will host an online discussion with the [FRONTLINE] filmmaker, Jezza Neumann, Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Look back here at Shots for the discussion. In the meantime, send us your thoughts and questions to ask Newman and other TB experts on the panel. We’re at shots@npr.org” (Doucleff, 3/25).