World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day Quick Facts

2019 Date:March 24, 2019
2020 Date:March 24, 2020
World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day History

World Tuberculosis Day, also known as World TB Day, seeks to raise awareness for Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a baterial infectious disease that affects the lungs. It is estimated that in 2014, 9.6 million people fell ill with Tuberculosis and 1.5 million died from the disease.

World Tuberculosis Day is a World Health Organization holiday that is observed annually on March 24. The celebratory date commemorates the discovery of Tubercolosis bacteria by Dr. Koch in 1882.

World Tuberculosis Day Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for World Tuberculosis Day in 2018 was Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World. You can make history. End TB.
  • Tuberculosis is the leading killer of HIV/AIDS-positive people.
  • The tuberculosis death rate dropped 47% between 1990 and 2015. The disease is treatable with a six-month course of antibiotics.
  • Tuberculosis occurs in every part of the world.The largest  number of cases in the world occur in India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and South Africa.
  • The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.- Mother Theresa

World Tuberculosis Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Inform yourself about tuberculosis and how to prevent it.
  • Read "The Plague and I" memoir by Betty MacDonald in which she recounts her battle with tubeculosis in a humorous way.

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