IDPP/SIS Alumna Speaks at WHO/Stop TB Event in Manila
IDPP alumna Ms. Eloisa “Louie” Zepeda (SIS/MA '12) spoke at a prominent event hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis (TB) Programme and Stop TB Partnership in Manila, Philippines in honor of World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March 2014. Ms. Zepeda recounted her experiences as a former TB patient; her IDPP-supported internship at the WHO Stop TB Strategic Planning Committee in Geneva, Switzerland in Summer 2012 while completing her CIDP master’s degree; and her current work with the Global Coalition of Tuberculosis Activists in promoting policy focused on empowering TB patients across ASEAN, specifically in the Philippines.
Ms. Zepeda’s work in disability policy began when she lost her vision due to her own fight against TB. Speaking about her personal experiences and policy advocacy work, Ms. Zepeda said: “I try my best to find justice for my blindness and prevent what happened to me to happen to others. Now, as a policy maker, I plan to rectify the lapses in the local TB treatment systems to make sure that patient empowerment is included along with medication and technical assistance in all approaches to treatment.”
Participants of the event included WHO representatives, doctors and medical students from across the Philippines. Ms. Zepeda was one of three speakers invited to the event, which included a doctor specialized in TB treatment and a former Extremely Drug Resistant TB patient.