World Tuberculosis (TB) Day - March 22
Each year, World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is commemorated around the globe on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.
The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.
TB remains the world's deadliest infectious killer. Each day, over 4000 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease.
Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 66 million lives since the year 2000.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed those gains. For the first time in over a decade, TB deaths increased in 2020.
For more information go to https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-tb-day/2022