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World TB Day

What is World TB Day? In this article Sunita Sturup-Toft draws attention to this important international health promotion event.

Each year we commemorate World TB Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.

The theme of World TB Day 2019 – ‘It’s time’ – put the accent on the urgency to act on the commitments made by global leaders to:

  • Scale up access to prevention & treatment

  • Promote equitable, rights-based & people-centered TB response

  • Ensure sufficient & sustainable financing including for research

  • Promote an end to stigma & discrimination

  • Build accountability

Find out more in the video from WHO’s Global TB Director linked below.

What will you be doing to promote World TB Day in 2021?
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