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Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).

World TB Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB around the world.

CDC and its domestic and international partners, including the National TB Controllers Association, Stop TB USA, We Are TB, the TB Community Engagement Network, and the global Stop TB Partnership, are working together to eliminate this deadly disease.

This year, the Stop TB Partnership has selected “The Clock is Ticking” as the 2021 theme.

The following is a message from Stop TB Partnership:
“The COVID-19 pandemic is in its second year and is unfortunately taking increasing medical resources and attention away from providing necessary life-saving diagnosis, medicine and care to people suffering from tuberculosis (TB). Alarmingly, in low and lower-middle-income countries, TB remains the biggest infectious disease killer. We have now less than two years left to fulfill our promises and take action on the commitments made at the United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB in 2018 so, The Clock Is Ticking.

“With this theme, the Stop TB Partnership and all partners are sounding the alarm that while we focus on COVID-19, every single day 4000 people die and 27 000 people get sick with TB."


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Learn more about what YOU can do to help END TB!

Get Social
The hashtags for this year’s World TB Day are #TheClockIsTicking, #TBTargets2022 and #WorldTBDay.

Start raising awareness and share your plans with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Stop TB Partnership will launch a simple and inclusive social media challenge for the week of World TB Day.

Let us work together and start preparing now. Let us be ambitious. Let us aim to reach a record number of people with our coordinated campaign and ensure everyone understands why The Clock Is Ticking for TB.

For more ideas about how to help stop TB, visit the following websites:

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