Stop TB Partnership

Luís Figo and the World Tuberculosis Cup

International football star Luís Figo now plays the captain of a different kind of team - the Stop Tuberculosis Team - whose players come alive on the pages of a comic book. In Luís Figo and the World Tuberculosis Cup, Figo’s fellow players are teen-aged girls and boys. Together they win a match against a team of tuberculosis germs.

The comic book, which seeks to teach children and teens about tuberculosis and how to prevent it, was launched in July 2008 by Dr Jorge Sampaio, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop TB and the former President of Portugal.

Designed by artist Rod Espinosa with a script provided by the Stop TB Partnership, the comic book is the product of a global competition launched in January 2008. An international jury of cartoon experts, together with representatives from UN organizations, selected Mr Espinosa’s design proposal from among 22 entries.

Worldwide distribution of the comic book, which was produced with support from Eli Lilly and Company, is now ongoing in eight languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Khmer, Kiswahili, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish).

Download the comic book

  • Arabic: High resolution [.pdf] | Low resolution [.pdf]
  • Chinese: High resolution [.pdf] | Low resolution [.pdf]
  • English: High resolution [.pdf] | Low resolution [.pdf]
  • French: High resolution [.pdf] | Low resolution [.pdf]
  • Italian: High resolution [.pdf] | Low resolution [.pdf]
  • Portuguese: High resolution [.pdf] | Low resolution [.pdf]
  • Russian: High resolution [.pdf] | Low resolution [.pdf]
  • Spanish: High resolution [.pdf] | Low resolution [.pdf]
  • Swahili: High resolution [.pdf]
  • Animated Cartoon

    Luís Figo and the World Tuberculosis Cup is also available as animated cartoon. Launched at a charity All-Stars football match in Geneva in June 2009, it is being distributed worldwide.

    Click here to watch the animated cartoon in six languages