tb2019It's time to act ! It's time to end TB!

On March 24 each year, we celebrate World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness of the devastating health and socio-economic consequences of the disease, and to step up action to end the global tuberculosis epidemic. . This date corresponds to the day when, in 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacillus that caused tuberculosis, and thus made it possible to consider diagnosing and curing the disease.

Tuberculosis remains the world's deadliest infectious disease. Every day, nearly 4,500 people die of tuberculosis and nearly 30,000 contract this disease, which is preventable and curable. Global tuberculosis control is estimated to have saved 54 million people since 2000 and reduced the death rate of 42%. To step up action in countries and achieve the targets set, Heads of State met in September 2018 at the first United Nations High-Level Meeting on this issue and made a firm commitment to end the tuberculosis.

'It's time', the theme for World Tuberculosis Day, emphasizes that urgent action is needed to honor the commitments made by world leaders, namely:

  • expand access to prevention and treatment;
  • better empower;
  • ensure sufficient and sustainable funding, including for research;
  • help end stigma and discrimination; and
  • promote equitable, human-centered action that respects human rights.

Together with the Global Fund and the Stop TB Partnership, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an initiative called “Find. Treat. All. #EndTB ”(Find. Treat. All) with the aim of intensifying the fight against tuberculosis and guaranteeing access to care, in line with the global campaign led by WHO in favor of universal health coverage.

On this Day, WHO calls on governments, affected communities, civil society organizations, health care providers and national and international partners to join forces under the banner “Find. Treat. All. #EndTB " to leave no one behind.

It's time to act ! It's time to end TB!

  • Read the 2018 report: here

Source: WHO - World Tuberculosis Day 2019