World Tuberculosis Day 2023

World Tuberculosis Day is observed every year on March 24 to raise awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and the efforts made to eliminate it. It provides recognition to health professionals, researchers, policymakers, and advocates in the fight against TB. In this article, we will discuss the history and significance of World Tuberculosis Day, the theme for 2023, and India’s contribution to the global fight against TB.

History and Significance of World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day commemorates the day when Dr. Robert Koch discovered the tuberculosis-causing bacteria in 1882. The CDC estimates that TB has been in existence for over three million years, and it has had several names throughout history depending on where it was found. The theme for World TB Day 2023 is “Yes! We can end TB!” and aims to highlight the importance of increased funding, quick action, multisectoral cooperation, rapid adoption of new WHO guidelines, and innovative adoption in eradicating TB.

One World TB Summit

During the ‘One World TB Summit’, which was held during the World TB Day 2023, the Prime Minister Narendra Modil highlighted India’s ideology of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam,” which means one world, one family, and how this philosophy is providing the world with comprehensive solutions. India has chosen the theme of ‘One Family, One World, One Future’ during its G20 presidency, based on these beliefs.

Modi also mentioned India’s resolution to eliminate TB by 2025, five years before the global target of 2030. He highlighted India’s efforts towards public participation, special campaigns for nutrition, new treatment strategies, intensive use of technology, and promoting good health through campaigns like Khelo India and Yoga. Modi further mentioned the ‘Ni-kshay Mitra’ campaign, which urges people to join the campaign of TB-free India, and more than 10 lakh TB patients have been adopted by citizens. Indian children as young as 10-12 years old are also taking the fight against TB forward by becoming Ni-kshay Mitra. Since 2018, approximately Rs 2,000 crore has been sent directly to the bank accounts of tuberculosis patients, and about 75 lakh patients have benefited from it.




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