March 24, 2014

On this day March 24th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

24 March, 1882 World TB Day, observed to create public awareness that tuberculosis remains a global epidemic.

World Tuberculosis day commemorates the day that Dr Robert Koch astonished the world by announcing that he had discovered the cause of Tuberculosis. Around the world on 24 March each year, people partake in activities that they anticipate will raise awareness about the disease.

The 2012 theme is “how Europe and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP countries) can strengthen each other in the fight against tuberculosis.” In South Africa, the occurrence of TB has tripled over the recent years. The high HIV infection has also proved to hinder its treatment.

The World Health Organization reports that without urgent action against tuberculosis, 1-billion people will be infected and 70-million will die by 2020.

The Partnership believes that no one should be left behind in the fight against TB if we want to move towards a ZERO TB deaths world.

For World TB Day 2014, partners will call for a global effort to find, treat and cure all people with TB and accelerate progress towards the bold goals we expect to see in TB strategies post-2015 and a world with Zero TB deaths, stigma and infections.

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