World TB Day on Sunday, March 24, commemorates the discovery of the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium and aims to raise awareness about the global impact of TB. This year’s theme, “It’s time,” urges global leaders to take action to address TB and advance towards TB elimination. Local health departments are key stakeholders in the prevention and control of TB in their communities, conducting screening in high risk populations, leading contact investigations, and linking individuals to care.
Here are a few ways you can get involved in World TB Day.
- Share what your local health department is doing for World TB Day by participating in the new World TB Day Social Media Photo Challenge
- Get inspired by reading about U.S. TB Champions who have implemented best practices to better address TB in their communities.
- Find an event near you! For a list of World TB Day events happening in the United States, check out this CDC list.
- Visit the World Health Organization’s World TB Day webpage or the CDC World TB Day webpage to browse available resources.
Stay tuned for a feature interview post highlighting one example of how local health departments are participating in World TB Day to protect their communities from TB!