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TB Notes 2, 2004
UPDATES FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND
BEHAVIORAL STUDIES BRANCH
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: www.lungusa.org/press/association/asn_031904.html
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