Bhubaneswar: On the eve of World TB Day, 2017, REACH, in association with the State TB Cell, Odisha, is pleased to announce its new TB Ambassador, Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik. Shri Pattnaik is an eminent sand artist from Odisha who has received global acclaim for both his talent as well as his commitment to various social causes.
As a first step, Shri Pattnaik created a mesmerizing sand sculpture to raise awareness about TB, a disease that, with over 1300 deaths a day in India, demands and deserves our attention. This sculpture was made in Puri on Thursday, March 23, 9 am onward – marking the beginning of the 2-day event in the state to mark World TB Day 2017.
The event was presided over by Shri Kailash Chandra Dash, DHS, Odisha, and Dr Sanjukta Sahoo, State TB Officer, Odisha, among other State TB Cell officials.
Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik is an internationally renowned Sand Artist from Odisha, who was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. As a TB Ambassador, Shri Pattnaik will help raise the profile of TB at both the state and national levels, and will make TB more visible in the public domain.In the awareness campaign 100 of nursing students and govt officials also joined hand to speread the awareness related to TB
REACH is a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against TB for almost two decades, with offices in Chennai and New Delhi. The TB Call to Action Project is being implemented with support from USAID in Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Bihar and Rajasthan. Through this project, REACH seeks to amplify and support India’s response to TB by involving previously unengaged stakeholders and broadening the conversation around the disease.