World TB Day 2022

Each year on March 24, CDC joins the global community to observe World Tuberculosis (TB) Day – an important moment to unite in renewed commitment to end TB.

A quarter of the world’s population – nearly 2 billion people – are infected with the TB bacteria and approximately 10 million people become ill each year with the disease. Although it is preventable and treatable, TB remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, taking the lives of 4,100 people each day. This World TB Day, CDC affirms our commitment to finding, curing, and preventing all forms of TB at home and around the world.

Leadership Statement

A message from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, on World TB Day.

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World TB Day is a day to educate people about the impact of TB around the world, share successes in TB prevention, and raise awareness of the challenges that hinder our progress toward the elimination of this devastating disease. This is the third World TB Day we have observed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and we continue to see the toll it takes on our domestic and global TB programs.
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Message from Hank Tomlinson, PhD, Director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB
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Transforming TB Care in Children Around the World

It's time to end TB: Changing the Course of the Global TB EpidemicGlobally, CDC supports TB prevention and treatment programs for children and adolescentspdf icon, who are more likely than adults to develop life-threatening forms of TB disease. Together with partners, CDC has made substantial progress in providing lifesaving TB preventative treatment to nearly 500,000 children living with HIV. To address difficulties in diagnosing TB among children, CDC and partners in high-burden countries are expanding the use of child-friendly novel approaches to help rapidly diagnose and treat TB, such as stool and urine samples and nasal aspirates.

To sustain pediatric TB response efforts, CDC TB experts have contributed to the World Health Organization’sexternal icon updated pediatric TB guidelines on the management of tuberculosis in children and adolescents. These updates include information on PEPFAR’s efforts to incorporate TB services into HIV programs. The guidelines highlight nearly a decade of progress in developing new tools and approaches for diagnosing and treating TB among children and includes promising approaches for decentralizing care and improving case detection and treatment outcomes.

Feature Stories

Learn how CDC and partners have sustained and expanded TB activities during challenging times.

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When Mr. Ramadhani Bernadina developed a fever and cough that lasted for months, he began purchasing over-the-counter antibiotics in hopes of ridding himself of the illness.
COVID-19 and Global TB
Since 1998, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked with the Vietnam Ministry of Health to support and expand programs that target priority diseases, including tuberculosis (TB).
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In just ten years, Eswatini has seen a dramatic reduction in new TB cases and TB-related deaths. Read how CDC and partners worked side by side with Eswatini’s Ministry of Health to transform the TB epidemic from crisis to comeback.

Latest Research

Recent publications from CDC and partners describe progress made to prioritize child and adolescent TB; scale-up of TB preventive treatment (TPT); integrate TB and HIV services; and measure the positive impact of overseas TB screening on U.S. TB elimination efforts.

  • Evidence to Action: Translating innovations in management of child and adolescent TB into routine practice in high-burden countries
    Substantial progress has been made in prevention, detection, and treatment of pediatric TB; however, gaps remain. This manuscript highlights the role of partnerships in addressing remaining gaps by adapting policy, driving innovation, and scaling-up evidence-based interventions to improve TB services for children and adolescents.
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  • Implementing TB preventive treatment within differentiated HIV service delivery models in global programs
    TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV (PLHIV) and TPT is an essential component of treatment for PLHIV. This article describes efforts to scale-up TPT through patient-centered services, which adapt various aspects of the HIV treatment continuum towards the unique needs of diverse communities.
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  • Overseas treatment of latent tuberculosis infection in US–bound immigrants
    TPT decreases morbidity and mortality among PLHIV, but remains underutilized. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has committed to providing TPT to all eligible persons receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) under the program by 2021. During April 1, 2017–March 31, 2019, TPT implementation improved substantially across 16 countries, accounting for approximately 90% of all PEPFAR-supported ART patients.
  • Tuberculosis treatment within differentiated service delivery models in global HIV/TB programming
    Recent adaptations to HIV and TB services, precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have improved patient satisfaction and retention in care. This commentary highlights these adaptations and outlines considerations and best practices for implementation for TB treatment among people living with HIV.
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Global TB Elimination Champions

CDC recognizes global organizations, individuals, and initiatives that have made significant contributions to end TB. Click on the drop-down links below for more information on their unique contributions toward eliminating TB.

Treating TB in the United States

CDC is engaging with communities across the United States, on World TB Day and every day, to sustain impact in areas disproportionately affected by TB through capacity-building efforts like the TB Elimination Allianceexternal icon, and a new communications campaign Think. Test. Treat TB. aimed at raising awareness of TB prevention and promoting testing for and treatment of latent TB infection.

Resources

CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB offers the following resources, which can be shared across various networks on World TB Day and year-round.

TB Prevention and Care in Humanitarian Settingsexternal icon

This guide is a joint effortexternal icon of CDC, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and WHO and includes new strategic approaches, guidance and innovations for TB prevention and care interventions in humanitarian settings.


Multidrug-resistant TB Fact Sheetpdf icon

A summary of CDC’s response to the global threat of multidrug-resistant TB.


TB Fact Sheetpdf icon

An overview of CDC’s global TB efforts and return on investments in responding to one of the world’s greatest health threats.


Pediatric TB Fact Sheetpdf icon

An overview of the TB burden among children and adolescents and CDC’s response.


Social Media Cards

Shareable social media graphics that highlight key information in the fight against global TB available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.


Global TB Brief

Learn how CDC is leading the way in evidence-based TB interventions toward ending the TB epidemic worldwide.


COVID-19 and Global TB

Learn how CDC rapidly adapted TB services to maintain and expand key TB screening, treatment, and prevention activities.

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