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Luis Figo and the world tuberculosis cup

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Luis Figo and the world tuberculosis cup

Stop TB Partnership Ambassador and soccer legend, Luis Figo, is now the captain of a different kind of team -- the Stop Tuberculosis Team -- whose players come alive on the pages of a comic book, co-produced by WHO. In 'Luìs Figo and the World Tuberculosis Cup', Figo's team take on a team of TB germs. The book, which is available in several languages, aims to inform young readers about the basics of TB control.

In a statement released on the occasion of the launch (in July 2008) Figo urged young people everywhere to take the comic book's messages seriously. "Tuberculosis is a killer, and I want all of you to stay safe from it. I am passing the ball to you -- you can help reach the goal of stopping tuberculosis," he said.

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 among 22 entries.

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