5 October 2009 - Rome - International football star and Stop TB Ambassador Luis Figo launched the Italian-language version of the educational comic book Luis Figo and the World Tuberculosis Cup at the Pistelli Primary School today. As part of the event Figo read the comic book aloud to a group of students and answered their questions about tuberculosis. Later he and the students kicked a ball around the school's pitch.
The event was organized by Stop TB Italia with the support of the Lilly MDR-TB partnership and under the auspices of the Province and of Municipality of Rome.
"It was great to see how the children could interpret and understand the magnitude of the “TB problem around the world. I think the event was a real success and Stop TB Italia is really proud to have sponsored it," said Daniela Cirillo, General Secretary, Stop TB Italia.