Every year, there is an estimated 9 million new tuberculosis (TB cases) worldwide, but consistently over 3 million cases are either not diagnosed, not treated, or are diagnosed and not registered by national TB control programmes. World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.
The Covid 19 pandemic has exacerbated vulnerabilities and exposing structural fragilities and inequalities in the global health systems. It has also brought home the importance of basic public health, and strong health systems and emergency preparedness in the quest to END TB and achieving universal health coverage (UHC).
For World TB Day 2022, we are calling on all partners and state actors to continue to call for a global effort to Invest to End TB and continue their commitment to find, treat and cure all people with TB and accelerate progress towards the bold goal of ending TB by 2035.
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