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CDC U.S. World TB Day Resources

February 17, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Each year we recognize World TB Day on March 24 with a variety of activities leading up to the official day. This annual event commemorates the date Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB). We recognize commemorating World TB Day in 2021 will be an especially unique year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities, public health departments, and healthcare facilities across the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is awaiting the official announcement of the 2021 World TB Day theme from our colleagues at Stop TB Partnership but in the meantime, we wanted to share some information to assist in World TB Day 2021 planning efforts.

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    The CDC U.S. TB Elimination Champions Project is now accepting nominations! In recognition of the way the TB prevention and control community has contributed to the COVID-19 response, we are seeking nominations that reflect the important contributions that TB agencies, organizations, and partners have made to the COVID-19 response, and/or showcase the innovation and adaptation needed to maintain TB elimination activities in a challenging public health environment. U.S. TB Champions will have their stories featured on CDC’s website, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. Visit the CDC website to learn more about the nomination process and past Champions. Nominations are due February 17th, 2021.

  • CDC’s World TB Day digital toolkit has graphics and videos to help spread the “End TB” message. We will continue to update the toolkit in the coming weeks.
  • If you are planning a virtual event around World TB Day 2021, we would like to add it to our World TB Day News and Events timeline. To add your event, follow the instructions on the World TB Day event form. We will gladly post and share these events to the timeline.
As we approach World TB Day, we will be adding additional resources and materials to the World TB Day Website. We will keep you updated on any planned activities or additional resources that may be helpful.


If you have questions, please contact

Thank you,

Nickolas DeLuca, PhD
Branch Chief, Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention