Who we follow: 12 tuberculosis organizations to follow on social media

17 February, 2014

These days, there is a question that health professionals are smart to ask if they hope to stay current on the many aspects of the fight against TB:  Whom do you follow?
 
Like most global health projects, we have found the power of social media channels to be really valuable – not only for disseminating lessons and key messages, but also for keeping in touch with what’s going on with the scientists, doctors, and health professionals that fight TB every day.
 
Below is CAP-TB’s basic “starter list” of tuberculosis-related organizations and projects to follow on Twitter and Facebook. There are, of course, thousands of accounts to follow, but here are some important “usual suspects.”  If we neglected to list your organization, forgive us!
 
We have found that the Twitter and Facebook offer different advantages. Following TB on Twitter tends to garner a greater flow of information and perspectives, as Twitter culture tends often tends to encourage re-tweeting of other organizations’ posts, while also applying less of a limiting “filter” to the number of items posted. Twitter items will also include more technical and scientific depth than Facebook. However, this greater flow, along with Twitter’s 140-character limit makes for less of a polished reading experience than Facebook. The real answer is to make use of both Twitter and Facebook.

Organization
 

    Twitter

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Global Tuberculosis Institute (GTBI): Housed at Rutgers University, one of the five Regional TB Centers designated by the US CDC.
 
    Twitter Facebook 
Take That TB: An organization of TB patients quite active in posting and sharing developments.
 
    Twitter Facebook
TBN Tuberculosis News: Organization that disseminates TB news and information.
 
    Twitter Facebook
LSHTM TB Centre: The largest academic collaborative TB center in Europe, housed by London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
 
    Twitter  

Curry TB Center: One of five Regional TB Centers designated by the US CDC.
 

    Twitter Facebook

TB Team: A mechanism for expert technical assistance for use by Stop TB countries.
 

    Twitter Facebook
The Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD): A key international organization in the fight against TB.
 
    Twitter Facebook
MNT Tuberculosis: A service that regularly posts about recent academic publications and news about TB.
 
    Twitter  
Stop TB Partnership: A major WHO-sponsored global partnership that works with NGOs, technical organizations, and private sector to promote activities against TB.
 
    Twitter Facebook
TB Alliance: An organization that aims accelerate the development of new drugs that will enable the global scale-up of treatment of tuberculosis.
 
    Twitter Facebook
GHD Project: A project at Harvard that houses a number of successful and lively communities of practice, where experts share ideas and answer advanced implementation questions on global health issues including TB.
 
    Twitter Facebook
CAP-TB: A project that implements innovative strategic activities to fight MDR-TB in the three greater Mekong countries of Myanmar, China, and Thailand.
 
    Twitter Facebook