Despite significant progress made over the years, TB remains a threat in most of the world population. March 24 marks world Tuberculosis (TB) Day to raise public awareness and knowledge of TB prevention and treatment.
This year’s TB Day is celebrated under the theme: ‘’Wanted: Leaders for a TB free world, you can make history, end TB”.
World TB Day commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of Tuberculosis, there TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announced in Berlin TB was raging through Europe and America causing the death of one out of every seven people.
To this day, TB continues to be the top infectious killer, claiming over 4500 a day according to The World Health Organisation.
As such, World TB Day provides an opportunity and call upon leaders, health care providers, organisations and other partners to intensify care and support, following up on TB suspects and reaching key population areas, thus introducing strategic interventions.
It is noteworthy to mention the significant progress that AgriAid SA has made in agricultural communities to end the TB pandemic. To yet AgriAid SA has screened over 52147 and reached over 1439 TB suspects during 2016 through different program interventions such as mobile testing, door to door campaigns, twilight testing, partner index case finding and through Private Public Partnership clinics.
As with all health conditions, prevention of TB is always better than cure. As we move forward we call upon leaders from different sectors, health providers, NGOs and partners to join forces and accelerate efforts in ending TB.
By: Witness Mbali Motha (Communications Officer)