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World TB Day (March 24th)

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2014-03-24

Tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. The theme of World TB Day 2014 is to "Reach the 3 Million". Of the 9 million people who suffer from TB each year, 3 million are "missed" by health systems; most often coming from the world’s poorest, most vulnerable communities.

TB has shared risk factors with other NCDs, and is also more likely to occur in individuals already living with NCDs. As for NCDs, strengthening health systems especially in LMICs and mounting a multisectoral response, including equality for women and other marginalised socioeconomic groups, is crucial to tackling TB and minimising preventable deaths.

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