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Dear Colleagues:

Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24, often with a variety of activities leading up to the official day.  This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).  World TB Day provides the opportunity to raise awareness about TB-related problems and solutions, and to support local, national, and worldwide TB-control efforts.

Around the world, TB programs, non-governmental organizations, and others take advantage of the increased interest World TB Day generates to describe their own TB-related problems and solutions, and to support worldwide TB control efforts.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (CDC/DTBE) strongly encourages you to develop specific state or local activities and special messages to take advantage of the media interest that World TB Day will stimulate.

After discussions with DTBE staff and partners, “Find TB. Treat TB. Working together to eliminate TB.” was selected as the theme for World TB Day 2014 in the United States.  This theme was selected to encourage local and state TB programs to reach out to their communities to raise awareness about TB and call for further collaboration to find and treat TB disease and latent TB infection, focusing on TB elimination. This theme differs slightly from the Global Stop TB Partnership theme of “TB—Reach the 3 Million. Find. Treat. Cure TB.”  A U.S.-specific theme was selected to better reflect the TB efforts currently occurring in our country.

But no matter where we are located, the fight to eliminate TB will only be successful if partners from all sectors of our society join resources and collaborate to find solutions. We don’t have to fight TB alone; we should partner with others who are also caring for those most at risk for TB such as people with HIV infection or diabetes, and the homeless. Everyone has a role in ensuring that one day, TB will be eliminated.

If you are planning an event around the 2014 World TB Day, we would like to know about it.  As soon as your event is planned, please complete the attached World TB Day event form and return it by e-mail to Nicole Richardson-Smith at   We will gladly post and share these activities on the World TB Day section of the CDC/DTBE website.

DTBE will also be developing communication products for use in your own 2014 World TB Day activities.  We will keep you updated on any planned activities or links to information that may be helpful.

For examples of past World TB Day events, links to planning resources, fact sheets, posters, and other materials that may be of assistance to you in your World TB Day activities, please visit the World TB Day section on the DTBE website at    This webpage will continue to be updated with 2014 World TB Day information.

If you have questions, please call or e-mail your program consultant or contact Nicole Richardson-Smith at or (404) 639-8386.

Best regards,

Wanda Walton, PhD, MEd
Chief, Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Mailstop E-10, 1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30333
404.639.8960 FAX

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