March 24: World Tuberculosis Day

Every year March 24 is being observed as World Tuberculosis (TB) Day to o build public awareness about the global epidemic of TB and efforts to eliminate the disease.

2017 Theme:This year the theme of World Tuberculosis Day 2017 is Unite to End TB. This year WHO has placed a special focus on the uniting efforts to Leave no one behind.

2016 Theme: “Unite to End TB”. It was adopted on the lines of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations.

The goal 3 of the SDG aspires to ensure well-being and health for all. It also includes a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases by 2030.

About World Tuberculosis Day

This day is observed to commemorate discovery of bacillus causing tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis on 24th March, 1882.

It is one of eight official global public health campaigns observed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

About Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease caused by various strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is the second biggest killer disease worldwide next only to HIV/AIDS.

It commonly affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body.

Transmission: It spreads through the air when people who have active infection cough, sneeze, or spit.

Prevention: It can be completely cured if proper and regular medication is taken.

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