World Tuberculosis Day 2025: Unite to End Tuberculosis

Monday, March 24, 2025

World Tuberculosis Day 2025: A Global Call to Action

March 24th, 2025

Each year, World Tuberculosis Day is observed on March 24th, a day of significance marking Dr. Robert Koch's groundbreaking announcement in 1882 of the discovery of the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (TB). This discovery was a pivotal moment in the medical field, leading to the development of diagnostic methods and treatments for this devastating disease.

The Significance of World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day serves as a critical platform for educating the public about the impact of tuberculosis on the health, social, and economic well-being of populations worldwide. It also acts as a call to action for individuals, communities, and governments to join forces in the fight against tuberculosis and to accelerate efforts towards eliminating the disease as a public health burden.

The Objective of World Tuberculosis Day 2025

Raising Awareness

Our primary goal is to elevate public understanding and awareness about the ongoing TB epidemic, emphasizing the need for preventive measures, early diagnosis, and effective treatment.

Promoting Access to Care

We aim to highlight the importance of universal access to quality health care services, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their economic status, can receive the tuberculosis care they need.

Advocating for Research and Innovation

Continued innovation and research are vital for the development of new vaccines, diagnostic tools, and treatments to end tuberculosis. World Tuberculosis Day 2024 emphasizes the critical need for funding and support for TB research.

Strengthening Partnerships

The fight against tuberculosis requires a collaborative approach. We encourage partnerships among governments, health organizations, civil society, and the private sector to pool resources and expertise in combating tuberculosis.

World Tuberculosis Day and the Sustainable Development Goals

Aligned with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), World TB Day advocates for efforts to end the TB epidemic by 2030. This initiative supports the health and well-being of millions worldwide, contributing to the achievement of the broader SDGs.

How You Can Get Involved

Educate Yourself and Others

Learn about tuberculosis and share your knowledge with others. Awareness is the first step towards change.

Participate in Events

Attend or organize local events to mark World Tuberculosis Day. Engaging in community activities can have a significant impact on raising awareness.

Advocate for Change

Use your voice on social media and within your community to advocate for increased tuberculosis research funding and better access to care.

Support Tuberculosis Research and Treatment Programs

Consider donating to organizations that are at the forefront of TB research and treatment. Your support can make a difference in the lives of those affected by tuberculosis.

Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future

As we commemorate World Tuberculosis Day 2025, we honor the historical discovery by Dr. Robert Koch while looking forward with hope towards a world free of tuberculosis. By uniting in our efforts, raising awareness, and advocating for research and innovation, we can make strides in ending the tuberculosis epidemic for good. Join us on March 24th to be a part of this global movement.

Together, we can end tuberculosis.

World Tuberculosis Day Themes and Awareness Topics

Year Theme Awareness Topic
2013 Stop TB in My Lifetime Highlighting global progress in TB control and the need for increased efforts to eliminate TB, focusing on the impact of TB worldwide and the challenges that remain.
2014 The "missed" 3 million Emphasizing the need to reach out to the 3 million people with TB who are missed by health systems each year, focusing on vulnerable populations and the need for better access to diagnosis and treatment.
2015 Gear up to end TB Calling for new commitments and actions to end the global TB epidemic, with a focus on the WHO's End TB Strategy and the need for patient-centred care and innovation in TB prevention and treatment.
2016 Unite to End TB Encouraging collaboration across sectors and disciplines to accelerate progress towards ending TB, emphasizing the need for action to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
2017 Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind Focusing on ensuring equitable TB prevention and care for all, especially the marginalized and vulnerable, and addressing barriers to access care.
2018 Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world Highlighting the need for leadership at all levels to commit to ending TB, in the lead-up to the UN High-Level Meeting on TB.
2019 It’s time for action Urging for urgent action on commitments made by global leaders to end TB, focusing on increasing access to TB prevention and treatment.
2020 It’s time to End TB Highlighting the urgency of accelerating the TB response to save lives and end suffering, in line with commitments made at the 2018 UN High-Level Meeting on TB.
2021 The Clock is Ticking Conveying the urgency to act on commitments to end TB, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure equitable access to prevention and care.
2022 Invest to End TB. Save Lives. Emphasizing the need for investment in the fight against TB and achieving commitments to end TB, highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on TB progress.
2023 Yes! We can end TB! Inspiring hope and action to combat the TB epidemic through leadership, investments, and innovation, in the lead-up to the UN High-Level Meeting on TB.
2024 Yes! We can end TB! Continuing the message of hope and the need for action to end TB, focusing on the implementation of commitments made at the 2023 UN High-Level Meeting.