On March 24 we commemorate World TB Day in recognition of the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of M. tuberculosis. While progress has been made, TB remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide 135 years after Dr. Koch’s discovery; in 2015, an estimated 1 million children became ill with TB, and 170,000 children died of TB. Additionally, multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB continues to become an increasingly global issue, with an estimated 480,000 people developing MDR-TB worldwide in 2015.

The theme of this year’s World TB Day is “Unite to End TB”.  Check out the links below to find out what different organizations are doing and for ways you can participate in World TB Day.

WHO World TB Day 2017

Stop TB Partnership 

CDC World TB Day in the U.S. 

Forum of International Respiratory Societies Statement for World TB Day 2017