Each year World TB Day is commemorated on the 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.
Despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 4 500 lives a day.
A quick scan on the various themes and activities for this day shows this campaign being treated with an extreme urgency to end TB, engaging and inviting leaders at the very top.
“You can make history – END TB’’
An exhibition is being held today at Ukwanda Rural Centre, University Stellenbosch, Worcester which is part of ‘’Wanted: Leaders for a TB free world’’
The theme of World TB Day 2018 – “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”– focuses on building commitment to end TB, not only at a political level with Heads of State and Ministers of Health, but at all levels from Mayors, Governors, parliamentarians and community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, doctors or nurses, NGOs and other partners.
All can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own work or terrain.
How can one get involved or participate ?
StopTB Partnership organization has a list of actions that one can opt for from raising funds, joining their mailing list or to sharing a success story. This is all relevant as active citizens to combat this disease and be part of the campaign to raise awareness, educate and inform.
World TB Day 2018 Campaign Advocacy & Communication Toolkit A joint initiative of the Stop TB Partnership and WHO Global TB Programme
World TB Day provides the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the disease and mobilize political and social commitment for accelerate progress to end TB.
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