Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was given an award by the US Embassy in appreciation for his invaluable contributions to the US-India partnership on tuberculosis. Richard R Verma,
the US Ambassador to India presented the award to the legendary actor on January 8, 2017. Big B is also a tuberculosis survivor and brand ambassador for the initiative. Speaking on a live video-chat with Facebook users, the two discussed the US Embassy’s collaboration to end TB in India and the US-India partnership among other issues. “I thank Mr. Bachchan for his dedication to support the cause and for sharing his story as a tuberculosis survivor to reduce the stigma associated with tuberculosis,” Verma acknowledged. He added that more lives can be saved and ease the burden the disease places on families, communities, corporations and India, referring to the high incidence of tuberculosis-related deaths in the country. “It is inspiring that India and the US are natural partners with a long history of collaboration on tuberculosis prevention, treatment, research and cure and I hope to continue to do my bit in this partnership to end tuberculosis in India,” the actor reciprocated.