World Tuberculosis Day is being observed on March 24 with the theme “It’s Time”.
Objective: To build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB).
Date of observance: It is observed every year on 24th March, to commemorate the anniversary of Dr. Robert Koch’s discovery of the Tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in 1882.
It is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). The other 7 are: World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day and World AIDS Day.
Indian Scenario: India has committed to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global targets.
Important Info :
New WHO recommendations to prevent tuberculosis:
WHO recommends that either a tuberculin skin test or interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) be used to test for TB infection.
WHO recommends new shorter options for preventive treatment in addition to the widely used 6 months of daily isoniazid.