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World TB Day - 24 March 2024

World TB Day 2024

Each year we commemorate World TB Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic impact of tuberculosis (TB) and urge acceleration of efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

Despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 1,5 million per year. Drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) poses a major health threat and could put at risk gains made in efforts to end TB.

The national theme for the commemoration of World TB Day 2024 is ‘Yes! You and I Can End TB’. In line with the global community, the theme from 2023 has been retained for this year’s commemoration. The theme aims to encourage individual action to contribute to the national effort against TB. It also emphasizes the importance of being accountable as an individual and as part of a collective.

“You and I” is a statement of intent designed to encourage individuals to take charge of their health in line with “Cheka Impilo” objectives, as well as the country’s endeavor towards ending the missing TB clients.

Original article available on the South African Government website