World Stop TB Day is March 24, 2012!

World Stop TB Day is March 24, 2012! Image from MyStopTB.org

I have a message for you from my friend who is a doctor in Mozambique.

“It’s painful,” my friend wrote to me yesterday, “that the Stop Kony campaign has gotten millions of views and floods of press, but World Tuberculosis Day (which is this Saturday, March 24!) has gone unnoticed.”

Read this excerpt from a Message About TB by the United Nations Secretary General to understand why you should care:

“For too long, tuberculosis has not received sufficient attention. The result of this neglect is needless suffering: in 2010 alone, nearly 9 million people fell ill with TB and 1.4 million died, with 95 per cent of these deaths occurring in developing countries. These numbers make tuberculosis the second top infectious killer of adults worldwide.”

“Please tell your readers,” my friend continued, “to check out the following links and educate themselves about what they can do to stop a major killer:”

“It’s so frustrating,” my friend concluded, “trying to get the word out about this. Here in Mozambique I’ve seen countless people needlessly die from TB, but so few people in the world know this. How do I get this message to go viral like the Kony one???”

Readers, any help you could give in spreading the word is appreciated!

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Posted by Lillie

Lillie started TeachingTraveling.com in 2010 to share the infinite ways to combine education and world exploration. Lillie has been a Boston teacher since 2003, and chronicles her own travels at AroundTheWorldL.com.

3 Comments

  1. mmmm. I worked for stoptb – coming from the inside of the organization I felt the efforts were short-sighted. I think instead of spending money on meetings and events around World TB day – the WHO should invest more in preventive efforts – nutrition, improved living standards and other practical matters. When I was working with the partnership 2mil was spent on a meeting in Brazil – this money could have been put to much better use than flying officials and partying diplomats to Rio. Instead of World Stop TB day the world should take a more practical – cause based approach to health! so press for world TB day – not sure if it’s useful really…

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    1. Fascinating perspective. Thanks for sharing!

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