US Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma presented an award to Bachchan.
The US Embassy in India honored legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan in appreciation for his invaluable contributions to the US-India partnership on tuberculosis.
US Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma presented an award to Bachchan, who is also a tuberculosis survivor and brand ambassador for the initiative, Â on January 8 and the two discussed the US Embassyâ€™s collaboration to end tuberculosis in India and the US-India partnership among other issues.
â€œI 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,â€ Verma said while speaking on a live video-chat with Facebook.
He opined that more lives can be saved and ease burden the disease places on families, communities, corporations and India, referring to the high incidents of tuberculosis-related deaths in the country.
â€œIt 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,â€ Bachchan replied.
Amitabh Bachchan and Richard R. Verma first collaborated to work on tuberculosis during an event held at Delhi two years ago and it soon grew into a common passion around the cause of eradicating tuberculosis.
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— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 8, 2017
— U.S. Ambassador to India (@USAmbIndia) January 8, 2017