Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
Content as of April 2014
Dr Lucica Ditiu is the Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership since January 2011. A native of Romania, Dr Ditiu is a physician and a researcher, who has devoted her career to improving the lives of people living in communities heavily burdened by tuberculosis (TB).
In the last few years, Dr Ditiu has been instrumental in developing an operational strategy for the Partnership, identifying key priorities. She led the process in the transformation of the coordinating board to enable greater representation from constituencies. She has deepened engagement with The Global Fund working with the board, the secretariat and at the country level.
She has worked to ensure the provision of continued access of quality-assured TB drugs and diagnostics through the Global Drug Facility. Dr Ditiu is a passionate advocate for the cause of TB-affected communities and has been involved in projects like the TB and Mining initiative in Southern Africa.
Looking ahead, Dr Ditiu hopes that she continues to bring stakeholders together to fight against the TB epidemic.
Dr Ditiu began a career with the WHO in January 2000 as a medical officer for TB in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia within the disaster and preparedness unit of the WHO European Regional Office. In this role she worked with all institutions involved in TB care, including ministers of health and justice. In 2006 she was selected to be a medical officer in the TB unit of the European Regional Office in Copenhagen.
In January 2010 Dr Ditiu joined the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat in Geneva to lead the TB REACH initiative - a programme that awards grants up to US$ 1 million for improving access to TB treatment.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Dr Ditiu completed specialty training in pulmonology through a joint programme with the Romanian National Institute of Lung Diseases (Marius Nasta). In 1999, she received a certificate in International Public Health from George Washington University in Washington, DC, which she completed as a fellow in epidemiology of lung diseases, TB control and programme management and evaluation.