Each year, we recognize World Tuberculosis Day (TB Day) on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes (TB).
World TB Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB around the World. TB remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious killers. Each day, nearly 4,000 individuals lose their lives to TB and close to 28,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 63 million lives since the year 2000.
The theme of World TB Day 2021 – ‘The Clock is Ticking’ –conveys the sense that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders. This is especially critical in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic that has put TB progress at risk, and to ensure equitable access to prevention and care in line with efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
Since 2019 alone over 10,000,000 people have fell ill with TB and over 1.4 million have died.
To learn more about TB and what you can to do help, or to take a closer look at the World Health Organizations “The Clock is Ticking” campaign , click and visit the links below.