German physician Dr Robert Koch, on March 24, 1882, had announced the discovery of TB bacillus which causes tuberculosis.
Since then, World TB Day is observed on March 24 every year. World Health Organisation and other agencies have been working towards eradicating TB from the world.
Know more about the disease.
World TB Day is among the eight global public health campaigns designed by World Health Organisation (WHO) to fight the disease.
A different theme is launched on World TB Day every year. Taking the campaign forward, this year's theme says, "Unite to End TB."
This year, WHO wants to emphasise on uniting efforts to address and overcome the stigma, relegation, and discrimination that impedes proper care and treatment of TB patients. The focus is, "Leave no one behind".
More than nine million people contract TB every year in the world. Of the total, three million people remain deprived of proper treatment.
Not all know that tuberculosis is preventable and curable. It is due to lack of knowledge and awareness.
In 2012, 8.6 million people contracted TB and 1.3 million succumbed to it.
WHO global TB report figures are disturbing.
The good news is that 49 million lives affected by TB were saved between 2000 to 2015 through proper diagnosis and treatment.
Build awareness and help in combating the disease.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in US, and its partners including STOP TB USA, global STOP TB Partnership, and National TB Controllers Association have joined hands to eliminate this deadly disease. You can also contribute in spreading awareness about TB by clicking here before March 24.