World TB Day
World TB Day, on March 24th of each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch's announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch's discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.
The fight to eliminate TB will only be successful if local, state, national, and international partners from all sectors of our society join resources and collaborate to find solutions.
How You Can Become a Partner in the Fight Against TB:
Because many people are not aware of the impact of TB, local coalitions in many states and countries are convening educational and awareness activities related to World TB Day, such as this Congressional briefing. Look to see how you can learn more and get involved.
CDC World TB Day — Activities
CDC — TB Resources
CDC — History of World TB Day
You can see more World TB Day resources from the WHO here.