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TB Notes 2, 2004


World TB Day 2004

World TB Day is recognized each year on March 24. On this date in 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of the tuberculosis (TB) bacillus. Observance of this day is intended to raise awareness about the devastating health and economic consequences of TB, its impact on developing countries, and its continued overwhelming impact on global health. 

To assist TB controllers and other partners throughout the United States in their TB elimination efforts, a variety of updated World TB Day materials for use in local efforts were produced and distributed. These updated materials included the following:

“TB Elimination: Now Is the Time” brochure. This brochure contains key messages about TB not being a disease of the past, the consequences of neglecting TB control programs, and what must be done to finish the job of eliminating TB in the United States.

“A Global Perspective on Tuberculosis” fact sheet. This fact sheet contains historical information on World TB Day, the impact of TB worldwide, and global TB data.

“TB's Burden in Minorities” fact sheet. This fact sheet discusses the disproportionate burden of TB in minorities and factors likely to contribute to this burden.

Additional copies of the posters and fact sheets are still available in limited quantities by calling the CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) at 1-800-458-5231 or by visiting their Web site at

The American Lung Association (ALA) and the National Coalition for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (NCET) collaborated to promote World TB Day. ALA and NCET released an update of the report, “Tuberculosis Elimination: The Federal  Funding Gap.” The report was presented at a Congressional briefing in conjunction with World TB Day 2004. You may obtain a copy of the report at the following Web site:

DTBE joined the Tuberculosis Control Section of the Georgia Division of Public Health in a March 24th World TB Day observance in Atlanta. Dr. David Satcher, former CDC Director and former Surgeon General of the United States, was the keynote speaker.  Dr. Satcher’s topic was “TB Health Disparities in Fulton County.” Representing DTBE on the program was Dr. Zachary Taylor, Chief, Field Services and Evaluation Branch. The theme of the event was “TB Elimination: Now Is the Time!”

The Stop TB Partnership Secretariat hosted the second Stop TB Partners Forum, which was held March 24-26, 2004, in New Delhi, India. The Forum convened ministerial delegations of the 22 highest TB burden countries, as well as high-level political invitees from the G-8 countries and all Stop TB partners. The meeting highlighted progress at the country level and the importance of private and civil sector involvement. For more information, visit the Stop TB Partners Forum Web site at

—Reported by Scott McCoy, MEd
Div of TB Elimination


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