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World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day, observed annually on March 24th, commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his groundbreaking discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). This day serves as a reminder of the global efforts to eliminate TB, which remains one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases.

Initially established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in 1982, World Tuberculosis Day aims to raise awareness about the devastating impact of TB and to mobilize political and social action to combat the disease.

Over the years, significant progress has been made in TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. However, challenges such as drug resistance, inadequate healthcare infrastructure, and social stigma persist, particularly in low and middle-income countries.

On this day, governments, healthcare organizations, and communities worldwide organize events and campaigns to educate the public about TB, promote access to treatment, and advocate for increased funding and research. World Tuberculosis Day serves as a call to action in the global fight against this ancient disease.


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