World Tuberculosis Day Current Affairs - 2020

April 7: World Health Day

Every year, April 7 is marked as the World Health Day. The day is marked to celebrate the work of midwives and nurses for their role in keeping the world safety and healthy. This year, 2020, has added significance of marking the World Health Day for the year being celebrated as International Year of Nurse and Midwife.

Highlights

The World Health Day is marked by World Health Organization along with several other organizations. On the world health day, the State of World Nursing Report, 2020 is to be released. Every year, the theme of the World Health Day is selected by WHO. This year the day is to be marked under the theme

Theme: Support Nurses and Midwives

History

WHO held the first world health assembly in 1948. The day is celebrated every year to mark WHO’s founding. The WHO marks only eight campaigns officially. World Health Day is one among them. The other campaigns include World Malaria Day. World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World No Tobacco Day, World AIDS Day, World Hepatitis Day and World Blood Donor Day.

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March 24: World Tuberculosis Day

Every year, March 24 is marked as the World Tuberculosis Day. The idea was proposed by International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD). The day is also marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Highlights

The Day is being marked to raise public awareness about the devastating social and economic impacts caused by the disease. The Theme of 2020 World Tuberculosis Day is

Theme: It’s Time

  • To Scale up prevention and treatments
  • To build accountability
  • To build financial sustainability towards research
  • To put an end to discrimination and stigma

Significance

According to the United Nations, every day around 4,000 people lose their lives due to Tuberculosis. Also, around 30,000 people fall ill due to the disease.

Why March 24?

Every year, March 24 is being marked as World Tuberculosis Day Dr Robert Koch announced the discovery of the bacterium causing Tuberculosis on the very same day. When Koch made the announcement, the disease was deadly and was killing one out of seven people in Europe and America.

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