World Stop TB Day is March 24th

On March 24, 1982, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (IUATLD) celebrated the 100th anniversary of one great landmark in the fight against TB - Dr. Robert Koch's discovery of the TB bacillus. Since 1982, March 24th has been an annual opportunity to call attention to the devastationTB still causes, and the commitment it takes to prevent and cure TB.

Each year, local health jurisdictions across California plan World TB Day activities to raise awareness about the TB challenges faced in California. Resources provided here are intended to support these efforts. Without our advocacy efforts, policy makers are forced to make uninformed decisions which impact the ability of California's public health force to prevent and cure TB.

2015 Information and Materials

March 18th, San Francisco media event and Bay Area Controllers and Corrections meeting held to discuss area TB Control challenges and successes. You can watch Julie Higashi, PhD, MD, SF TB Controller present an award of service to pioneering TB laboratorian Anna Babst, Senior Microbiologist,
for her 34 years of dedicated service and share with the Bay Area TB contontrol community her SF General Hospital-based implementation of rapid testing to rule out TB transmission risks.

March 21, Katie's Dance Studio dancers helped the California TB Controllers Association celebrate World TB Day, March 24th, 2015 with a flash mob in Berkeley's Ohlone Park. A flash mob with a message: Stop TB.  Together we can find, cure, and prevent TB in California.

World Health Organization materials; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention materials; Stop TB USA materials;

2014 Materials

Fact Sheet, Bay Area Media Release, Adult Risk Assessment,  Media Event at the Curry International TB Center

Most Famous TB Patients, CA TB Patient Testimonial


CTCA Media Release and Fact Sheet; California Department of Public Health Resources

3/19/13 City College of San Francisco news conference and TB screening event.  Breathe California captured the event on video, including interviews from key participants, including a patient advocate. (visual aids)

3/15/13 Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership podcast interviews current CTCA President Julie Higashi, MD, PhD on tuberculosis control and prevention.

House of Representatives TB Elimination Caucus outreach effort to stabilize resources for continued TB control and moving toward elimination. Click here for a script and/or an email link to reach out to your Member of Congress about the Caucus. 

News Release and Fact Sheet

The Stop TB Partnership, housed by the World Health Organization, established the theme 
"Stop TB in My Lifetime"  to increase awareness about the global prevalence of TB and galvanize efforts to eliminate TB. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers resources and tools which include e-cards, posters and a list of planned events through the following links: (English)  (Spanish)

The CDC also has Fact Sheets on the latest data, the differences between disease and infection, drug resistant TB, infection control and prevention,  and special populations.

2011  The theme was "TB Elimination: Together We Can!"

CTCA Produced three public service announcements (PSAs) for distribution to radio stations in 2011: English 30 second PSA, Spanish 30 second PSA, and English 60 secondPSA.


March 23 RESULTS Educational Fund hosted media call for California journalists on the release of the World Health Organization report on drug-resistant Tuberculosis: Moderator: Margo Sidener, Breathe California; Dr. Ernesto Jaramillo, Stop TB Department in WHO; Dr. James Watt, Chief of TB Control in the California Department of Public Health; Dr. Frank Alvarez, TB Controller, L.A. County; Rachel Orduno, former TB patient

March 24 Governor issued proclamation declaring "California TB Awareness Day"

17 News articles from mid March through April 2nd covering California TB control


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination’s (DTBE) theme for World TB Day 2009 was "Partnerships for TB Elimination."

STOP TB Partnership links and activities


STOP TB Partnership links and activities

Nevada County - Presentation (.ppt) Proclamation (.doc)

March 24: San Francisco observed World Stop TB Day with a press conference at the San Francisco International Aiport.

Click here for the press release (.pdf)

March 17: RESULTS hosted a press briefing via conference call on state of global Tuberculosis epidemic in advance of World TB Day; Noon ET (9:00am PT)

Click here for a sample OpEd from RESULTS (.doc)

March 15: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health TB Control Program and TB Coalition Partners hosted pre-World TB Day Forum, with Keynote Speaker State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas.

TB Coalition of Los Angeles County materials: World TB Day Advocacy Letter(.doc) & Talking Points (.doc)

March 13: The American Lung Association of California hosted a news conference via conference call for members of the media from 10:30-11:30am PT.
Click here for the statewide news release (.pdf)


World Stop TB Day 2007 Media Coverage (Word .doc) 


2006 World Stop TB Day Media Coverage in California (.pdf) 

Background Information

Stopping TB Has Never Been More Achievable (.doc)

California World Stop TB Day Media Call held on March 23, 2006 with
Senator Barbara Boxer, Co-sponsor of upcoming TB bill in Senate
Dr. Robert Benjamin, medical director, Alameda County TB Control Program and president of the California Public Health Association - North
Dr. Paul Nunn, Coordinator, Stop TB Department, World Health Organization 

This call was sponsored by RESULTS, a citizens’ lobbying group that educates members of Congress and the media about solutions to hunger and poverty at home and abroad. Find out more about RESULTS at


2005 World Stop TB Day Materials

Introduction Letter
Events and Activities
Tool Kit (.zip file)


World TB Day Media Tools (.pdf format)

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