World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated on 24 March every year to raise awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of Tuberculosis, TB, and its ongoing eradication efforts.  TB is a leading cause of death.

The day is observed to commemorate the anniversary of Dr. Robert Koch’s discovery of the tuberculosis-causing bacteria in 1882.

Theme of World TB Day 2023 

The theme for World TB Day 2023 is “Yes! We can end TB!” and aims to inspire hope and encourage high-level leadership, increased investments, faster uptake of new WHO recommendations, adoption of innovations, accelerated action, and multisectoral collaboration to combat the TB epidemic.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease and is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. 

Treatment for Tuberculosis 

Treatment for TB involves taking a combination of antibiotics over several months. It is important to complete the full course of treatment.  

Tuberculosis in India 

The World Health Organization has set a goal to eliminate the global TB epidemic by 2030.  The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has mentioned the resolution of India to eliminate TB by 2025 as against the global target of 2030. India is on the road to ending TB by 2025 

On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, Prime Minister addressed the One World TB Summit. This summit is organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the Stop TB Partnership

One World TB Summit will provide an opportunity to further deliberate upon the targets as the country moves forward to meet its TB elimination objectives. 

It will also be an opportunity to showcase learnings from National TB Elimination Programmes. The summit is being attended by international delegates from over 30 countries. 

Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership is an organisation hosted by the United Nations that amplifies the voices of the people, communities, and countries affected by TB.