Tuberculosis remains the World’s deadliest infectious killer, claiming nearly 4,500 lives each year and afflicting close to 30,000 others according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Since 2000, global efforts to combat this preventable and curable disease have saved an estimated 54 million lives and reduced the TB mortality rate by 42 percent.

Each 24 March, the world commemorates TB Day to raise awareness of the devastating health, social and economic consequences of the disease, and to step up efforts to end the global epidemic. The Theme of this year’s world TB Day is: “It is time to end TB,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, leading the global call to “Find All.#EndTB”.

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