World TB Day
Partnerships for TB Elimination
World TB Day is March 24. This
annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch
announced his discovery of M. tuberculosis, the bacteria
that cause TB.
TB Elimination: Now is the time!
is the time to take action, beyond our current efforts, that will
ensure that we reach this goal. Building and strengthening
partnerships is one of those actions. This country’s progress in
controlling TB will not be sustainable without strengthened
collaborations with local, state, national, and international
partners from all sectors of our society. This kind of partnership
action must be taken in order to reach those at highest risk for TB,
and to identify and implement innovative strategies to improve
testing and treatment among high-risk populations.
CDC and its domestic and international partners, including the
National TB Controllers Association and the
Stop TB Partnership are taking many steps to prevent further
spread of TB and to reduce the overall burden of the disease.
Efforts range from developing new treatment regimens and increasing
the capacity of health professionals to provide adequate treatment,
to issuing new recommendations for improved testing and treatment
for U.S. immigrants.
What You Can Do to Help
- Find out more about TB services in your area.
- Educate your community about TB.
- Ensure that efforts to
eliminate TB continue.
Because many people are not aware of the impact of TB, local TB
coalitions in many states and countries are convening educational
and awareness activities related to World TB Day. Look to see how
you can learn more and get involved.