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World TB Day 2019

Background and Rationale

World TB Day is observed every year on March 24 to create awareness and support world-wide efforts to eliminate tuberculosis (TB). This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).

World Day Commemoration Venue and Date

Zimbabwe will join the rest of the World to commemorate the World TB Day on the 24th of March 2019. Zimbabwe’s commemoration will be held in Mangwe District of Matebeleland Province.

World TB Day Theme 2019

This year’s World TB Day 2019 Theme is “It’s TIME” 

  • It’s time to test and treat latent TB infection
  •  It’s time we strengthen TB education and awareness among health care providers.
  • It’s time to speak up.
  • It’s time to end stigma.