World TB Day, 24 March 2012


World TB Day raises awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. One-third of the world's population is currently infected with TB. The Stop TB Partnership, a network of organizations and countries fighting TB, organizes the Day to highlight the scope of the disease and how to prevent and cure it.

The annual event on 24 March marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. This was a first step towards diagnosing and curing tuberculosis. WHO is working to cut TB prevalence rates and deaths by half by 2015.

Video: TB Control in the African Region: Progress, Challenges and Perspectives

The African Region has recorded encouraging progress in the fight against TB. There is need to scale up universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support, particularly for patients co-infected with TB and HIV and patients exposed to multidrug resistant TB through the strengthening of national capacities for disease control, including skills of health personnel.

This video highlights progress, challenges and perspectives in TB Control in the African Region.

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2011 World TB Day in Ghana 18 May 2012

Call for a Tuberculosis Free Kenya 18 May 2012

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Namibia Commemorates World Tuberculosis Day with "Stop TB in my Lifetime"

Joint TB, TB/HIV international monitoring mission in Nigeria deploys to states 18 May 2012

WHO hands over anti-TB drugs worth 1.7M dollars to Nigeria

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Zimbabwe Commemorates World TB Day