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World TB Day
Partnerships for TB Elimination

World TB Day, March 24 - Partnerships for TB EliminationWorld 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!

Now 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.

Stop TB USA logoCDC 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.

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Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
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