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World Tuberculosis Day

Quick Facts

World Tuberculosis Day is annually held on March 24 to raise awareness of tuberculosis and ways to eradicate the disease.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Tuberculosis DayEnglish
Día Mundial de la TuberculosisSpanish
עולם יום שחפתHebrew
اليوم العالمي للسلArabic
세계 결핵의 날Korean
WelttuberkulosetagGerman

World Tuberculosis Day 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

World Tuberculosis Day 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
List of dates for other years

World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness of tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. This event is held on March 24 each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

Stethoscope and x-ray image of lungs.

The efforts made to prevent and treat tuberculosis are recognized on World Tuberculosis Day.

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What do people do?

Various World Tuberculosis Day events and activities are organized by various organizations involved in the Stop TB Partnership. WHO is a United Nations’ (UN) health authority that works with this network to promote World Tuberculosis Day each year. Campaign activities include:

People, community groups and government agencies may also take the time to work with broadcast, print and online media to promote stories on the awareness of tuberculosis and the works of those who help fight against the spread of the disease.

Public life

World Tuberculosis Day is an observance and is not a public holiday.

Background

Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the disease. WHO estimates that the largest number of new TB cases in 2005 occurred in south-east Asia, which accounted for 34 percent of incident cases globally. However, the estimated incidence rate in sub-Saharan Africa is nearly twice that of south-east Asia.

World Tuberculosis Day, annually held on March 24, marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. This was a first step towards diagnosing and curing tuberculosis. World Tuberculosis Day can be traced back to 1982, when the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease launched World TB Day on March 24 that year, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Dr Koch’s discovery.

In 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) joined the union and other organizations to promote World TB Day. The Stop TB Partnership, called the Stop TB Initiative at the time of its inception, was established in 1998. It is a network of organizations and countries fighting tuberculosis. WHO works with this partnership on to support the activities and events that take place on World Tuberculosis Day each year.

Symbols

The global campaign for World Tuberculosis Day has had different themes and slogans over the years. For example, the 2010–2011 campaign’s theme was “Innovation” and the slogan was “On the move against tuberculosis. Innovate to accelerate action”.

World Tuberculosis Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SatMar 241990World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 241991World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 241992World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 241993World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 241994World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 241995World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 241996World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
MonMar 241997World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 241998World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 241999World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 242000World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 242001World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 242002World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
MonMar 242003World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 242004World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 242005World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 242006World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 242007World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
MonMar 242008World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 242009World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 242010World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 242011World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 242012World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 242013World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
MonMar 242014World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 242015World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 242016World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 242017World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 242018World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 242019World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 242020World Tuberculosis DayUnited Nations observance 
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