World TB Day 2021

Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).

World TB Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB around the world.  CDC, along with our partners and colleagues around the world share successes in TB prevention and control and raise awareness of the challenges that hinder our progress toward the elimination of this devastating disease.

World TB Day - 2021

CDC and its domestic and international partners, including the National TB Controllers Associationexternal icon, Stop TB USAexternal icon, We Are TBexternal icon, the TB Community Engagement Networkexternal icon, and the global Stop TB Partnershipexternal icon, are working together to eliminate this deadly disease.

This year, the Stop TB Partnershipexternal icon has selected “The Clock is Ticking” as the 2021 theme.

Be sure to check back for more information and resources, as we get closer to World TB Day.  You can also follow us on Twitter @CDC_TB and Facebook @CDCTB and sign up for email updates here.

Page last reviewed: January 26, 2021