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Philippine Tuberculosis Society 97 years of combating TB

Posted by Delbert on July 28th, 2007

Manila Bulletin Online
Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc.: 97 years of combating TB in the Philippines

TUBERCULOSIS TB is a deadly disease. It is the world’s No. 1 cause of death; about 3 million persons die of TB every year. It is one of the 10 top killer diseases in the Philippines; 75 Filipinos die of TB every day.

Appalled by tremendous loss every year of Filipino life due to tuberculosis, several civic-minded persons in Manila led by Eleanor Franklin Egan, founded the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. PTSI on July 29, 1910. It started with five clinics and 20 shacks at the Santol TB Sanitarium. It gradually expanded its activities to 40 provinces in the country with the Quezon Institute as its biggest and well-known unit.

A non-stock, non-profit organization, PTSI has pursued its commitment to prevent, treat, and control tuberculosis in the country. Governed by a distinguished board of directors, its vision is to work ceaselessly for TB control in the country. Its mission is to complement the government’s national TB control program by intensifying research and development, and networking with partner agencies and individuals in TB control in the Philippines.

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