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World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2024

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2024:

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is celebrated on March 24 annually to spread awareness around the deadly disease.

  • World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is celebrated to raise awareness around the disease, increase efforts to eradicate the disease, and mobilise support for those affected by TB.
  • March 24, 1882 is considered a significant date in the battle against tuberculosis as it is on this day that Dr Robert Koch discovered the bacteria that causes TB.
  • It was not before the year 1982, on the centenary of Dr. Koch’s discovery that the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) proposed observing March 24 as World TB Day to raise awareness about TB and its global impact.
  • The first World TB Day was officially observed in 1983, and since then, it has become an annual event.
  • Theme of World Tuberculosis day 2024: “Yes! We can end TB”.