World TB Day 2024 : Theme, Date, History, Celebration

World TB Day 2024:- World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated every year by people all across the world at the international level on the 24th of March. Public awareness and efforts to eradicate tuberculosis are emphasized during this celebration.


Around 1.7 million people are dying of this disease every year. The 24th of March is commemorated to bring everyone together to find a solution to eradicate tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis was first discovered by Dr. Robert Koch in the year 1882 and amazingly announced by him to a small group of scientists at “The University of Berlin’s Institute of Hygiene” about the cause of tuberculosis means the TB bacillus.

Using a microscope, he presented many microscope slides to explain the etiology of tuberculosis, a virulent human infectious disease. According to his announcement in Berlin, it spread rapidly throughout Europe and the Americas, killing one out of seven people.

His discovery of tuberculosis opened a big door in front the people to get diagnosed and cured of tuberculosis.


HISTORY OF World Tuberculosis Day

“The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD)” had planned to establish World TB Day on 24th March in honor of Dr. Robert Koch’s 100th anniversary of his Tuberculosis presentation.

A joint effort of the IUATLD and WHO established this event under the theme “Defeat TB: Now and Forever”. However, the UN and the WHO did not declare it an official celebration.

By 1995, the WHO and the Royal Dutch Tuberculosis Foundation decided to celebrate it annually in Den Haag, the Netherlands. Organizations such as WHO, the IUATLD, and KNCV are planning a variety of events and activities to celebrate World Tuberculosis Day next year in 1996.

DOTS was declared the biggest step taken against tuberculosis by the WHO at a news conference in Berlin in 1997. A new network “Stop TB Partnership” has been launched by various organizations to fight against TB by highlighting the scope of prevention and cure of this disease to the common public. ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) is helping people to fight against TB in prisons because of overcrowding and poor nutrition.


An annual event, World TB Day is celebrated to make people aware of the causes, preventions, and cures of tuberculosis, in order to prevent and eradicate this disease from the planet.  All the people at a workplace or home should be encouraged about their health maintenance and must know about the prevention of tuberculosis.

Around 4000 people die every day from this airborne disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

The DOTS treatment administered by the government completely cures the disease at a very low cost. Its treatments and diagnostic tests should be accessible to every person affected by tuberculosis all over the world and the death rate from this disease should be zero.

World TB Day celebration provides a big opportunity for all people to get aware of the causes and precautions of TB. It mobilizes the political and social authorities for further progress toward disease prevention for the effective reduction of TB cases and death rates in the coming years. Since 1990, the mortality rate of TB has decreased by 40% all over the world.

The invention of various new TB tools has occurred for rapid diagnostic tests of TB. All these have become possible only because of this awareness campaign.


World TB Day is celebrated every year by health organizations, NGOs, government and non-government organizations including other health agencies to raise awareness among common public all across the world about tuberculosis by organizing a variety of campaign-related activities such as debates on TB prevention and cure, award ceremonies for the organizations involved in the prevention and fight against TB, photo exhibitions showcasing images to raise awareness of TB, charity events for fundraising required to control TB and lots of activities 



The theme of World TB Day 2022 was “Invest to End TB. Save Lives.”

The theme of World TB Day 2020 and 2021 was  “It’s TIME”

The theme of World TB Day 2019 was “Find. Treat. All. #EndT”

The theme of World TB Day 2018 was “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”.

The theme of World TB Day 2017 was “Unite to End TB”.

The theme of World TB Day 2016 was “Find TB. Treat TB. Working together to eliminate TB”.

The theme of the World Tuberculosis Day celebration of the year 2015 was “Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone”.


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