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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

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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01Global Family Day
FridayFriJan 04, 2019Jan 04World Braille Day
FridayFriJan 11, 2019Jan 11International Thank-You Day
WednesdayWedJan 30, 2019Jan 30World Leprosy Day
TuesdayTueFeb 12, 2019Feb 12Darwin Day
ThursdayThuFeb 21, 2019Feb 21International Mother Language Day
FridayFriFeb 22, 2019Feb 22World Thinking Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2019Mar 01International Day of the Seal
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 15, 2019Mar 15Red Nose Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20World Frog Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22World Water Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2019Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SundaySunMar 24, 2019Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2019Mar 30Earth Hour
TuesdayTueApr 02, 2019Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2019Apr 07World Health Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2019Apr 12Yuri's Night
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Earth Day
TuesdayTueApr 23, 2019Apr 23World Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Penguin Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03World Press Freedom Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05International Midwives Day
WednesdayWedMay 08, 2019May 08World Red Cross Day
FridayFriMay 10, 2019May 10World Lupus Day
SundaySunMay 12, 2019May 12International Nurses Day
MondayMonMay 13, 2019May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
WednesdayWedMay 15, 2019May 15International Day of Families
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18International Museum Day
TuesdayTueMay 21, 2019May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 22, 2019May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2019May 23World Turtle Day
FridayFriMay 24, 2019May 24World Schizophrenia Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Towel Day
FridayFriMay 31, 2019May 31World No-Tobacco Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03World Bicycle Day
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05World Environment Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2019Jun 08World Ocean Day
FridayFriJun 14, 2019Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2019Jun 16International Day of the African Child
MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
ThursdayThuJun 20, 2019Jun 20World Refugee Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2019Jun 21International Yoga Day
WednesdayWedJun 26, 2019Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
ThursdayThuJul 11, 2019Jul 11World Population Day
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16World Snake Day
SundaySunJul 28, 2019Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2019Aug 04International Friendship Day
ThursdayThuAug 08, 2019Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
SaturdaySatAug 10, 2019Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12International Youth Day
TuesdayTueAug 13, 2019Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
WednesdayWedAug 14, 2019Aug 14World Lizard Day
FridayFriAug 23, 2019Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SundaySunSep 08, 2019Sep 08International Literacy Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15Software Freedom Day
MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
ThursdayThuSep 19, 2019Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
SaturdaySatSep 21, 2019Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SundaySunSep 22, 2019Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Inventors Day
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01International Music Day
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03World Temperance Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2019Oct 04World Animal Day
SaturdaySatOct 05, 2019Oct 05World Teacher's Day
ThursdayThuOct 10, 2019Oct 10World Mental Health Day
WednesdayWedOct 16, 2019Oct 16World Food Day
ThursdayThuOct 17, 2019Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
ThursdayThuOct 24, 2019Oct 24United Nations Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2019Oct 29International Internet Day
FridayFriNov 08, 2019Nov 08World Town Planning Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Philosophy Day
SaturdaySatNov 16, 2019Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
TuesdayTueNov 19, 2019Nov 19World Toilet Day
ThursdayThuNov 21, 2019Nov 21World Television Day
MondayMonNov 25, 2019Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
SaturdaySatNov 30, 2019Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SundaySunDec 01, 2019Dec 01World Aids Day
MondayMonDec 02, 2019Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
ThursdayThuDec 05, 2019Dec 05International Volunteers Day
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2019Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
TuesdayTueDec 10, 2019Dec 10Human Rights Day