Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Each day, over 4,000 people lose their lives to TB and close to 28,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 63 million lives since the year 2000.
he theme of World TB Day 2021 is ‘The clock is ticking’, conveying the sense that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders. The World Health Organization (WHO) highlight that this campaign is especially critical in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put measures to end TB at risk.
Further information about World TB Day can be found on the WHO website.