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World TB Day is commemorated each year on 24 March as part of the effort to raise awareness about the various negative consequences of the global epidemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates US$2.3 billion dollars per year is needed to fill the shortfall for implementing existing TB interventions. A present, one-quarter of the world’s population is believed to be infected with TB, according to the WHO.
The greatest risk factor associated with the disease is HIV; people living with HIV are 16-27 times more likely to develop TB than persons without. HIV affects 11 per cent of all people with living with TB.
According to WHO estimates, an estimated 1 million children became ill with TB and 233,000 children died of TB in 2017.
Burnet is working towards the global targets to eliminate TB as a public health threat by 2030 through partnerships, community engagement, technical assistance to national programs, and accelerating the implementation of innovation and research.
March 24 marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, opening the way towards diagnosing and curing the disease.
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Sunday, 24 March, 2019
For more information about this event, please contact:
Deputy Program Director (Health Security)