World Tuberculosis Day 2023

World Tuberculosis Day 2023 is an annual event observed on March 24th to raise awareness about tuberculosis (TB) and the efforts made to prevent and treat the disease.

This day aims to educate the public about the impact of TB on global health and to encourage people to take action to end the epidemic.

World Tuberculosis Day – 24 March

Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body such as the kidneys, spine, and brain. TB is a contagious disease that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. TB can be cured with proper treatment, but it remains a significant public health problem worldwide, especially in developing countries.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), TB is one of the top ten causes of death globally, and in 2020, an estimated 1.4 million people died from TB-related illnesses. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the TB crisis by disrupting healthcare services and increasing poverty, which are key drivers of TB transmission.

The theme of World Tuberculosis Day 2023 is “The Clock is Ticking,” which highlights the urgent need to accelerate progress toward ending TB by 2030.

This theme is a call to action for governments, civil society organizations, and individuals to step up efforts to prevent and treat TB and to support research for new tools and treatments.

The WHO’s End TB Strategy, launched in 2015, sets ambitious targets to reduce TB deaths by 90% and TB incidence by 80% by 2030, compared to 2015 levels. To achieve these goals, the strategy outlines three pillars: integrated patient-centered care and prevention, bold policies and supportive systems, and intensified research and innovation.

World Tuberculosis Day – 24 March

To mark World Tuberculosis Day 2023, various activities and events will take place globally, including virtual and in-person conferences, workshops, and campaigns. These events aim to raise awareness about TB, advocate for political and financial commitments to ending the epidemic, and promote best practices for TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Governments, civil society organizations, health professionals, and individuals can all contribute to ending the TB epidemic by taking action. This includes advocating for increased funding for TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, ensuring that vulnerable populations have access to quality TB services, and encouraging individuals to seek TB testing and treatment if they have symptoms.

World Tuberculosis Day 2023 is an opportunity to reflect on the global TB epidemic and to renew our commitment to ending the disease. TB is preventable and curable, but it requires sustained political will, financial resources, and community engagement to eliminate it. Let us join hands to ensure that no one dies from TB, and that we achieve a TB-free world by 2030.

N.B: Photos & news collected from WHO

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