World TB Day 2024
TB Management

World TB Day

Let's not forget that tuberculosis (TB) takes 1.5 million lives each year, and many of these deaths can be avoided (1). It's time to stop this. This World TB Day, let’s draw the world's attention to TB and highlight how local initiatives create a ripple effect for global change in the fight against TB.



 
This World TB Day, we're teaming up with local communities and global experts to spread the word about TB. See how our local efforts will create waves of impact worldwide.

Local actions

Local initiatives are the heart of our strategy. We believe that fostering community-driven solutions can create a ripple effect that resonates worldwide.

 

Global impact

In the global fight against TB, each day counts. That's why we're kickstarting the conversation ahead of World TB Day on March 21. Join us for an insightful event with global TB experts.

World TB Day shows us how local actions can make a worldwide difference. When community initiatives unite, they create significant shifts in the fight against TB. Are you ready to check out our local campaigns? Explore our interactive map to dive into inspiring patient stories, find out about the newest TB prevention tips and read TB stories.

Click on pins to explore local voices and actions from all over the world. Also, make sure to sign up for our global event where TB experts will gather to explore strategies for TB prevention and management.

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Fighting TB on the last frontier

Fighting TB on the last frontier

Hero Story/Article

Alaska, the largest U.S. state, has a high rate of TB due to unique living conditions. We're trying to address this, despite geographic challenges.

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How did Shaka overcome TB?

How did Shaka overcome TB?

Patient Story/Video

Shaka Brown, an athlete and dancer, bravely fought TB which had spread throughout his body. See how his resilience led him to overcome the illness.

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TB infection screening before immunotherapy

TB infection screening before immunotherapy

Video

People getting immunotherapy are more likely to get TB. To lower this risk, global recommendations now suggest testing most patients for TB before starting biotherapy.

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Joining healthcare? Choose QFT-Plus

Joining healthcare? Choose QFT-Plus

Video

QFT-Plus is a quick and accurate TB blood test. That means you can dive into your healthcare career faster and enjoy the perks of your new job immediately.

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Join healthcare faster

Join healthcare faster

Video

Discover how TB testing with QFT-Plus can let you start your healthcare career faster. Note this video provides a perspective based on US-based guidelines.

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Is your TB screening program cost-effective?

Is your TB screening program cost-effective?

Flyer

Is the TB skin test really reducing costs? Take a second look at the cost-effectiveness of your screening program and see if IGRA is right for you.

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Radical thinking to eliminate TB in Indonesia

Radical thinking to eliminate TB in Indonesia

Hero Story/Article

Is the TB skin test really reducing costs? Take a second look at the cost-effectiveness of your screening program and see if IGRA is right for you.

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The hidden TB epidemic in Ukraine

The hidden TB epidemic in Ukraine

Hero Story/Article

Olha Konstantynovska, a TB physician in Ukraine, faces immense challenges delivering care amidst conflict. Despite the obstacles, she's motivated to make a difference.

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Helping migrants start a new life without TB

Helping migrants start a new life without TB

Hero Story/Article

Dr. Christian Herzmann, an expert in respiratory disease, is exploring creative ways to connect with a community susceptible to TB.

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Fighting TB: Two countries, one disease, one solution

Fighting TB: Two countries, one disease, one solution

Hero Story/Article

Can we quickly and automatically detect latent TB before it spreads to others, or develops into the active form of the disease? LIAISON QuantiFERON Plus makes it possible.

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Fighting the stigma. The key to eliminating TB.

Fighting the stigma. The key to eliminating TB.

Hero Story/Article

Dr. Rosa Herrera is a TB survivor. It took her 10 months to recover physically from the disease, but the emotional strain and the stigma were especially difficult to cope with.

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Caroline's fight with TB

Caroline's fight with TB

Patient Story/Video

Caroline Wangarimburu battled TB for a long time. She believes that if TB had been detected earlier, she could have fought it more effectively. Now, as a survivor, she finds it hard to move on from the experience.

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Treating latent TB in rural China

Treating latent TB in rural China

Hero Story/Article

Every tenth new TB case occurs in China, making it the country with the third most cases globally. See how Dr. Gao Lei and his team are fighting to end TB at the source.

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Eradicating TB in hotspot regions

Eradicating TB in hotspot regions

Hero Story/Article

TB is often relegated as a sickness which only occurs among impoverished segments of the population, but TB’s impact is global, and it can be transmitted to people around the world, rich or poor.

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A new way to see tuberculosis

A new way to see tuberculosis

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Although TB infection is treatable and curable, 1.5 million people die from TB disease each year. See how we can build a world free of TB.

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We can build a world free from TB

We can build a world free from TB

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Active TB infection is just the tip of the iceberg. To end the cycle of TB transmission and disease progression, we must test and treat latent TB infection as well as active TB disease.

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A pre-World TB Day event — register now

A pre-World TB Day event — register now

Event

Gear up for World TB Day with us. Join global TB experts on March 21 as they discuss "TB infection screening and preventive therapy as a prerequisite for achieving End TB strategy goals."

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Maghreb TB stakeholder meeting

Maghreb TB stakeholder meeting

Event

The Maghreb Expert Meeting of 2024 showcased robust engagement among TB stakeholders, resulting in secured tenders and ongoing projects for TB management in the region.

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Africa unites against TB

Africa unites against TB

Event

The first Africa TB Expert Meeting in Nairobi united stakeholders to combat TB, aligning with UNHLM goals. It stressed the pivotal role of TB testing and urged collective action for tangible progress.

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7th Asia TB Experts Meeting

7th Asia TB Experts Meeting

Event

The 7th Asia TB Experts Meeting convened in Bali, Indonesia, in collaboration with StopTB Partnership and ISR. Over 50 TB experts from across the Asia Pacific discussed and networked to address regional TB challenges.

Our March 21 TB event will set the stage for the global observance of World TB Day. We're gathering global TB experts to share their knowledge and experiences. We’ll delve into the critical theme of "TB infection screening and preventive therapy as a prerequisite for achieving End TB strategy goals." Here’s the full global program:
  • 2024 Global TB landscape: challenges and opportunities: A talk by Dr. Daniela Cirillo
  • Recent advances in TB infection testing and prevention in high-risk groups: A talk by Dr. Erica Chimara
  • Screening for TB infection in migrants: current policies, recommendations and best practices: A talk by Dr. Marina Tadolini
  • Towards TB elimination: Expert strategies unveiled: A panel discussion featuring Dr. Daniela Cirillo, Dr. Erica Chimara, Dr. Marina Tadolini, Prof. Adrian Martineau and Dr. Kwame Shanaube
  • Interferon Gamma Release Assay: The reality: A talk by Dr. Satoshi Mitarai
  • TB's upsurge: Who to test and treat: A panel discussion featuring Dr. Amy Behrman, Dr. Michael Hodgson and Dr. Sonia Qasba
World TB Day 2024
Save your spot for the global program on TB screening and preventive therapy.
If Thursday, March 21, doesn’t work for you, register now, and we’ll send you a link to the event recording.
  • Prof. Adrian Martineau
    Prof. Martineau is Clinical Professor of Respiratory Infection and Immunity at Queen Mary University of London. He is a respiratory physician with a research interest in tuberculosis. His work combines laboratory investigation and clinical studies investigating diagnosis and prevention of latent TB infection. He leads the Micro-LTBI consortium, a programme of work investigating a potential microbiological biomarker of latent TB infection.
    World TB Day 2024 sepaker
  • Dr. Erica Chimara
    Dr. Chimara is a researcher with experience in TB and mycobacteriosis diagnosis, surveillance, quality management, biosafety and laboratory network management Master of Science from the University of São Paulo PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the Federal University of São Paulo MBA in Health Innovation Management from Institute Butantan.
    World TB Day 2024 sepaker
  • Dr. Kwame Shanaube
    Dr. Shanaube is a clinical epidemiologist, currently serving as the deputy Director of Research at Zambart in Zambia and as an honorary lecturer at the University of Zambia School of Public Health. She has almost 20 years of experience working in TB/HIV public health research. She has led and managed many studies being overall/country PI of 8 studies including those focused on TB infection epidemiology, prevention and diagnostics.
    World TB Day 2024 sepaker
  • Dr. Daniela Maria Cirillo
    Daniela Maria Cirillo MD, PhD, Clinical Microbiologist, Head of the Emerging Bacterial Pathogen Research unit and Deputy Director of the Division of Immunology, Transplant and Infectious Diseases at IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan. Head of TB Supranational reference laboratory. Her research focus is on mechanisms detection of drug resistance in MDROs of nosocomial origin and mycobacteria, ECOFFs definition for new antibiotics and application of NGS based technology in clinical microbiology.
    World TB Day 2024 sepaker
  • Dr. Marina Tadolini
    Dr. Tadolini is currently an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy. In the last 15 years, she worked as Senior Consultant for Global Tuberculosis Programme at World Health Organization, Geneva in the field of National TB Prevalence Surveys, and since 2009 she is a member of the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement.
    World TB Day 2024 sepaker
  • World TB Day 2024 sepaker
    Prof. Adrian Martineau
  • World TB Day 2024 sepaker
    Dr. Erica Chimara
  • World TB Day 2024 sepaker
    Dr. Kwame Shanaube
  • World TB Day 2024 sepaker
    Dr. Daniela Maria Cirillo
  • World TB Day 2024 sepaker
    Dr. Marina Tadolini

References:

  1. World Health Organization. Tuberculosis. https://www.who.int/health-topics/tuberculosis (accessed January 17, 2024)