Each year, we commemorate World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease. TB remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious killers. Each day, nearly 4000 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. The theme of World TB Day 2021 – ‘The Clock is Ticking’ –conveys the sense that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders. This put End TB progress at risk, and to ensure equitable access to prevention and care in line with WHO’s drive towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.
The COVID-19 pandemic is in its second year and is unfortunately taking increasing medical resources and attention away from providing necessary life- saving diagnosis, medicine and care to people suffering from tuberculosis. Alarmingly, in low and lower-middle-income countries, TB remains the biggest infectious disease killer. We have now less than two years left to fulfill our promises and take action on the commitments made at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018.
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Ministry of foreign affairs of Turkmenistan.