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WORLD TB DAY

When is World TB Day in 2019?

World TB Day in 2019 is on the Sunday, 24th of Mar (3/24/2019).

World TB Day is on the 83th day of 2019. There are 282 days left in the year.

World TB Day Facts

  • Date: Mar 24, 2019
  • International
  • Also Called: World Tuberculosis Day
  • Celebrations: Raise awareness about the global pandemic of tuberculosis (TB).
World TB Day iImage Credit: flickr.com/@ninad

Isn't it worrying that tuberculosis kills about 1.7 million people every year? Did you know that TB is among the top 10 causes of death especially in the third world countries?

Due to these saddening numbers, the World Health Organization created World TB Day in efforts to treat, prevent and eliminate the infectious disease. Observed on March 24th every year, World TB Day is one of the eight global health holidays promoted by the World Health Organization. Other names for this holiday include World Tuberculosis Day and World TB Awareness Day.

What is Tuberculosis?

Popularly known as TB, tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Mostly, the disease affects the lungs and transmits to other persons via droplets from a victim's cough, sneeze or saliva in the air. According to WHO reports, sub-Saharan Africa is believed to have the largest number of new TB cases. Unlike other infections, TB is resistant to medications, and this makes it very dangerous. BCG vaccine is usually given to infants to help minimize chances of getting infected with TB. Unfortunately, the vaccine is not 100 percent effective and does not work in adults.

World Tuberculosis Day History

The World Tuberculosis Day was launched by the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) and has been in observance since 1982.

Back in history, Dr. Robert Koch detected the TB bacillus which he believed was the cause of tuberculosis. At the time, TB had become quite rampant in Europe and the US. His discovery was a significant milestone since it paved the way for both treatment and prevention of the endemic disease.

In 1921, the first patient was vaccinated after a long 13 years in making.

During the late 70's and 80's, the US experienced an influx of cases most of which were caused by decreased immunity in HIV patients. However, the numbers reduced by 1993 with increased TB awareness.

In 1996, WHO joined other unions and organizations that fight TB. Together they have been promoting World Tuberculosis Day and spreading awareness about TB and ways in which people should prevent it. In fact, an initiative dubbed Stop TB Partnership was incepted in 1998 as a means of eradicating the infectious disease.

Today, the day is observed globally and in almost all continents.

How to Celebrate World Tuberculosis Day?

The Stop TB Partnership organizes events and activities under a unique theme every year, as a way to promote the World Tuberculosis Day. Some of the World Tuberculosis Day activities include charity events, exhibitions, community discussion groups and award ceremonies to celebrate the people who dedicate their lives to fight against TB.

You can plan on attending any of such events that could be happening near you. It's also a good thing to donate towards the initiative since the funds are used in the eradication of tuberculosis projects. Additionally, by attending these events, you get a chance to be tested for tuberculosis. Remember, disease prevention starts with you as an individual.

Most importantly, use the day as a means to spread awareness about World TB Day. Encourage people to get tested even when they have no visible symptoms. Latent TB can remain dormant for years without showing any signs. You can also share your thoughts and views about TB via the hashtag #WorldTuberculosisDay on social media.

Why Celebrate World Tuberculosis Day?

It may seem like an outdated disease, but TB has infected a third of the world's population. Although most cases are in the third world countries, the impact spreads globally contributing to new TB cases in developed countries. Unfortunately, most governments still see the disease as an old issue and therefore not given the attention it requires. Observing the World Tuberculosis Day is a way to help spread awareness, get more people vaccinated and help those infected seek proper treatment.

Facts about World Tuberculosis Day

- The most massive cases of TB are in South East Asia and Africa

- Although TB mostly affects the lungs, it can also affect other body parts.

- About 5-10% of the global population is infected with latent Tuberculosis. If left untreated, the infections progress to active TB and kill within a short time.

- TB is both preventable and curable. However, full recovery requires at least six months of consistent administering of special TB drugs

- TB ranks alongside HIV/AIDS as the world most deadly infectious disease

World TB Day Observances

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DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sat
  • Mar 24, 2018
  • Sun
  • Mar 24, 2019

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