24 March 2018, World TB Day 2018- “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”

World TB Day is celebrated on 24th March each year. This year’s theme is ‘Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world’. The aim of this campaign is to build overarching commitment and leadership at the highest level to End TB.

Background Information:


Key Messages:

Tuberculosis (TB) is contagious and airborne.


TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, claiming over 4500 lives a day. It is also the main cause of death related to antimicrobial resistance and the major killer of
people with HIV.


In 2016, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide.
People living with HIV accounted for 10% of the total cases.

In 2016, 1.7 million people died from TB, including 0.4 million among
people with HIV.

The emergence of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) poses a major
threat to global TB care; 0.5 million people developed MDR-TB in 2016.
Only 1 in 5 needing MDR-TB treatment were treated.


For TB prevention and care, investments in low- and middle-income
countries fall almost USD 2.3 billion short of the USD 9.2 billion needed to
tackle TB in 2017;


TB research and development are severely underfunded with at least
additional USD 1.2 billion per year needed to accelerate development of
new, innovative tools.

A TB Leader is a head of state, minister, mayor, governor, parliamentarian
and community leader. A TB Leader is also every person affected by or
active in TB and willing and daring to speak up and engage to end TB
through their work and personal engagement.


The theme of World TB Day 2018 – “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”– focuses on building commitment to end TB, not only at the political level with Heads of State and Ministers of Health, but at all levels from Mayors, Governors, parliamentarians and community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, doctors or nurses, NGOs and other partners. All can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own work or terrain.

Useful Links:

Link to the WHO news release:


Link to the World TB Day 2018 website:


Link to the WHO fact sheet on TB:


Link to World TB Day 2018 campaign materials:



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