Amitabh Bachchan gets US embassy award for fighting Tuberculosis


Here is another feather in Amitabh Bachchanb’s Cap. Amitabh Bachchan was awarded by the US Embassy in appreciation for his contributions to the USA-India partnership on tuberculosis. This honour was presented to Amitabh Bachchan on January 8 by US Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma. Amitabh Bachchan is also a tuberculosis survivor and brand ambassador for the initiative.

Speaking on a live video-chat with Facebook users, the two discussed the US Embassy’s collaboration to end tuberculosis in India and the US-India partnership among other issues. “I thank Mr. Bachchan for his dedication to support the cause and for sharing his story as a tuberculosis survivor to reduce the stigma associated with tuberculosis,”  R.Verma acknowledged. Amitabh Bachchan also spoke on this issue “It is inspiring that India and the US are natural partners with a long history of collaboration on tuberculosis prevention, treatment, research and cure and I hope to continue to do my bit in this partnership to end tuberculosis in India.”

R.Verma and Amitabh Bachchan first collaborated to work on tuberculosis during an event here two years ago on September 10 and it soon grew into a common passion around the cause of eradicating tuberculosis. In March 2016, Amitabh Bachchan attended a reception at the US Embassy in New Delhi as tuberculosis brand ambassador and a survivor of the disease.

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