2023 World Tuberculosis Day Commemoration in KNCV Nigeria Supported States
World Tuberculosis Day (WTBD) is an annual event observed on March 24th to raise public awareness about the devastating
health, the social and economic impact of tuberculosis (TB) and urge acceleration of efforts to end the global TB
epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium
that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.
The theme for this year’s World TB Day is “Yes! We Can End TB.” The theme brings attention to tuberculosis (TB)
and that it is in our collective power to end TB by 2030 and therefore reach the SDG goals. Stakeholders decided
to choose a theme that brings hope and builds on the amazing work done in 2022 by many TB High Burden
Countries to recover from the impact of the COVID epidemic and to ensure access to new diagnostics, new treatment
regimens, digital technology, and artificial intelligence (AI) for the TB response. It also centers on the increased
engagement of those affected by TB, communities, and civil society who are leading the movement toward
ending this disease.
To mark this year’s World TB Day, the National Tuberculosis and leprosy program (NTBLCP) in collaboration with Donors, and implementing partners organized activities like Road walks, Press briefings, media appearances, and TB outreach across the 36 states in Nigeria.
KNCV Nigeria participated in these planned activities across the 14 states in Nigeria where we work.