World Tuberculosis (TB) Day

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.

At present, one-quarter of the world’s population is believed to be infected with TB, according to 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, there were an estimated 1.2 million TB deaths among HIV-negative people in 2018, and an additional 251,000 deaths among HIV-positive people.

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.

You can help by donating to Burnet’s research programs.

Date & Time

Tuesday, 24 March, 2020

Contact Details

For more information about this event, please contact:

Doctor Suman Majumdar

Deputy Program Director, Health Security and Know-C19


[email protected]