World Tuberculosis Day

Each year we commemorate World TB Day 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. World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, 24 March 2024, continues with the theme “Yes! We can end TB”.  

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.

The theme for World TB Day 2024 conveys a message of hope that getting back-on-track to turn the tide against the TB epidemic is possible through high level leadership, increased investments and faster uptake of new WHO recommendations. TB is still one of the world’s deadliest diseases and recent years have seen a worrying increase in drug-resistant TB.

Following the commitments made by Heads of State at the UN High Level meeting in 2023 to accelerate progress to end TB, this year's focus shifts to turning these commitments into tangible actions.  To help countries scale-up access to TB preventive treatment, WHO  will release an investment case on scaling up the roll out of TB preventive treatment.


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