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World Tuberculosis Day is observed on 24 March

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is observed on 24 March every year to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social, and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.


  • The theme of the 2020 World Tuberculosis Day is "It's time." The theme aims to scale up access to prevention and treatment, build accountability, ensure sufficient and sustainable financing including for research, promote an end to stigma and discrimination, and promote an equitable, rights-based, and people-centered TB response.

World Tuberculosis Day:
  • The date, 24 March, marks the day when Dr.Robert Koch announced the discovery of the bacterium that causes TB in 1882. The discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.
  • TB is still the world's deadliest infectious killer disease. A study says, each day, over 4000 people lose their lives to TB, and close to 30,000 people fall ill with preventable and curable diseases.
  • Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 58 million lives since the year 2000. In September 2018, Heads of State came together and made strong commitments to end TB at the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting and accelerated the TB response in countries to reach targets.
Published date : 26 Mar 2020 01:24PM

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