World TB Day, 24 March, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the enormous burden of TB. With 1.5 million TB-associated deaths per year, TB is a top infectious killer worldwide. TB, HIV-associated TB and MDR-TB represent a threat to development and global health security. This day also offers the opportunity to highlight invigorated global efforts, under the SDGs, to end the TB epidemic by 2030.
For World TB Day 2016, World Health Organization (WHO) calls on governments, communities, civil society, and the private sector to “Unite to End TB”. WHO and partners are promoting dialogue and collaboration that unites individuals and communities in new ways to end the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic.
These efforts cut across disciplines and sectors, and can help accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) overall by contributing to other areas including poverty elimination, universal health coverage, maternal and child health, social protection and justice.