24 March 2012
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

World TB Day in Lae, Papua New Guinea

Today is World TB Day, a moment to focus attention on the burden of tuberculosis worldwide. In many places around the world there are commemorations, events and  even celebrations taking place to raise awareness and educate people about TB.

Tim and Michael from the Pacific Friends team are currently in Papua New Guinea where they managed to attend a big World TB Day event organised by World Vision in Lae yesterday. This morning in Port Moresby there was also a TB walkathon from the Murray Barracks to Ela Beach, to put the fight against TB in the spotlight.

The event in Lae yesterday drew a big crowd of people. It was encouraging to see so many people listening to speeches and songs about TB, watchting a drama role play, and enjoying the music of popular local band K Dumen. Below a  selection of photos, with more great pictures available on the Pacific Friends Facebook page and on Flickr.

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