World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness of tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. This event is held on 24 March each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

24 Mar 2016 |

Various World Tuberculosis Day events and activities are organized by various organizations involved in the Stop TB Partnership. WHO is an United Nations’ (UN) health authority that works with this network to promote World Tuberculosis Day each year. Campaign activities include:

  • Community discussion groups that are organized to look at ways to prevent TB.
  • Award ceremonies or other events to honor the life and work of those who dedicate their lives to prevent and fight against TB.
  • Photo exhibitions that showcase images to raise worldwide awareness of TB.
  • Charity events to raise funds for disease control (of TB) in countries that need assistance.

People, community groups and government agencies may also take the time to work with broadcast, print and online media to promote stories on the awareness of tuberculosis and the works of those who help fight against the spread of the disease.



World Tuberculosis Day is an observance and is not a public holiday. The theme for this year is "Unite to End TB" – Globally. Where as for South Africa, we have adopted  the National Department of Health theme which is: “Tackling TB in the cities.”


Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa along with the CaSIPO Project will be running an extensive social media campaign, as well as campaigns in the communities addressing and tackling the stigma surrounding TB. We will also be publishing TB success stories, the facts and myths around TB as well as any other information regarding TB that is relevant.

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