Date: March 24
Organized By: WHO
Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance
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Every year March 24 is observed as World TB Day. This date is 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. The observance of this day as World TB Day is to build public awareness about the epidemic disease tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.
The first World TB Day celebration meeting was held by the WHO (World Health Organization) and the Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Foundation in the year 1995 in Den Haag.
2017: Unite to End TB
2016: Find TB. Treat TB. Working together to eliminate TB
2015: Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone
2014: Reach the three million: A TB test, treatment and cure for all
2013: Stop TB in my lifetime
2012: Call for a world free of TB
2011: Transforming the fight towards elimination
2010: Innovate to accelerate action
2009: I am stopping TB
2008: I am stopping TB
2007: TB anywhere is TB everywhere
2006: Actions for life – Towards a world free of TB
2005: Frontline TB care providers: Heroes in the fight against TB
2004: Every breath counts – Stop TB now!
2003: DOTS cured me – it will cure you too!
2002: Stop TB, fight poverty
2001: DOTS: TB cure for all
2000: Forging new partnerships to stop TB
1999: Stop TB, use DOTS
1998: DOTS success stories
1997: Use DOTS more widely
Actions and Programs
Variety of events and activities are organized by many organizations like WHO, IUATLD, KNCV, etc. to celebrate this day. Health organizations, governments, non-government organizations, hospitals, health workers, etc. are also took part in the celebration through different programs.
The activities and programs conducted on this day to give people awareness about the basic and essential knowledge of tuberculosis, causes, prevention and cure of this disease to get prevented and eradicate this disease from the world. The programs includes variety of campaign programs, campaigning through audiovisual media, social media, awareness programs, street plays, seminars, exhibitions, etc. Charity events are conducted on this day to raise funds for the programs to eliminate TB.