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IDPP Alumna Selected as Regional Rep. for Global TB Coalition

Ms. Eloisa Zepeda at Inaugural CIDP Convocation Ceremony (photo) SIS CIDP master's program alumna Ms. Eloisa “Louie” Zepeda has been named regional representative for the Western Pacific Region of the Global Coalition of Tuberculosis Activists (GCTA). Ms. Zepeda has been selected because of her extensive work with Tuberculosis (TB) and Meningitis patient networks in the Philippines.

In her role as regional representative, Ms. Zepeda sits on GCTA’s Global Steering Committee, a group made up of a Chair, Vice Chair and six regional representatives charged with providing strategic direction to the Coalition. Ms. Zepeda traveled to Paris, France for the GCTA Global Steering Committee’s first meeting on 26 October 2013, where the committee set priorities for the GCTA. Formed in March 2013, the GCTA is an international coalition of representatives of communities affected by TB that brings together advocates, activists and leaders from diverse backgrounds and regions to ensure that affected communities are at the center of the fight against TB.

This new position with the GCTA is a great addition to Ms. Zepeda's already impressive history of international disability rights advocacy activities. During her time as a CIDP master's student, Ms. Zepeda was offered an internship position within the Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR) of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she spent seven weeks advocating on behalf of individuals who have suffered from similar debilitating diseases. She has also been invited numerous times to participate in the Philippines Local Government Unit and the National Committee on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (UNCRPD) representing Blind Women for Accessibility.

We congratulate Louie on her new appointment and wish her all the best in her new role!

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