Disease Prevention and Control / Communicable Diseases / Tuberculosis
March 24 World TB Day 2005:
Activities in the Countries
* Source: World Health Organization (WHO) (2005), Global Tuberculosis Report. Geneva: WHO. Data compiled from the year 2003.
Health Workers: Heroes in the fight against tuberculosis
On March 24, 1882, the German physician Robert Koch announced to the world that he had discovered the germ causing tuberculosis, Koch's bacillus. In commemoration of this discovery, March 24 is celebrated each year as "World TB Day."
Koch's discovery and subsequent study of the bacillus have led to important advances in tuberculosis prevention and treatment. However, these scientific advances have not been sufficient to control the disease.
In 1994, the Region of the Americas launched the DOTS strategy, an effective, low-cost strategy that makes it possible to detect and cure cases of tuberculosis. The strategy, which has widespread political support, is based on laboratory diagnosis and directly observed treatment. What has made the DOTS strategy a success is the commitment and effort of health workers.
This year's World TB Day is dedicated to health workers, the true heroes in the fight against tuberculosis.
Health Workers: How do they fight tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis in the Americas*
What progress has been made in controlling tuberculosis in the Americas?
What are the warning signs of tuberculosis?
If you have a cough that lasts more than 2 weeks, regardless of your age, you may have tuberculosis, and should seek medical attention right away. The staff at your local health clinic will be willing to assist you.
Early detection of tuberculosis is important. Protect your own health and that of your loved ones.
Curing one patient protects the entire community.