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March 24: World Tuberculosis Day 2019 Theme, Details, Aim, Significance

March 24: World Tuberculosis Day 2019 Theme, Details, Aim, Significance

World Tuberculosis Day is observed every year on March 24 around the world to raise public awareness about the global epidemic of Tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.

World Tuberculosis Day is marked to commemorate the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Bacillus (bacteria) causing TB on 24th March 1882 by German microbiologist Robert Koch. This discovery had opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.

World Tuberculosis Day 2019, the theme is 'IT's TIME'. It focuses on parameters like 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 Health Organization (WHO) has also launched a joint initiative “Find. Treat. All. #EndTB” .

About Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria “Mycobacterium tuberculosis” that most often affect the lungs. The disease is spread from person to person through the air.  

Tuberculosis (TB) commonly affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. It is the second biggest killer disease worldwide next only to HIV/AIDS. 

World Tuberculosis Day (WTD) is one of eight official global public health campaigns observed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Observance of the day provides an opportunity to shine the spotlight on disease and mobilize political and social commitment to accelerate progress to end TB.


 

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