World TB Day


Date: March 24

Organized By: WHO

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams


World TB Day


Background

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.


Themes

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.


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