On March 24 of each year, we celebrate World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness of the devastating social and economic health consequences of the disease, and to step up action to end the global TB epidemic. tuberculosis. 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, more than 4,000 people die from tuberculosis and nearly 30,000 contract this preventable and curable disease. It is estimated that the fight against tuberculosis in the world has saved 58 million people since 2000. To step up action in countries and achieve the targets set, the 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 TB.

'It's time', the theme for World Tuberculosis Day 2020, 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;
  • promote equitable, people-centered action that respects human rights.

The World Health Organization (WHO), together with the Global Fund and the Stop TB Partnership, has launched an initiative called “Find. Treat. All. #EndTB ”(Find. Treat. All #EndTB) with the aim of stepping up tuberculosis control and ensuring access to care, as part of WHO's efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

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

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