This day is designed to build public awareness that TB remains an epidemic worldwide and has caused several millions of death over the years.

In 24th of March 1882, Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of the announcement in Berlin, TB was raging in Europe and America causing death in one out of 7 people. Koch’s discovery is very significant and paved a way towards diagnosis and curing tuberculosis.

South Africa is one of the 30 high burden TB countries and we contribute to 87% of the incident cases globally. South Africa has always been a step ahead with regards to adopting WHO guidelines but when it came to the latest preventative treatment called 3HP, there has been a significant delay. Today, we celebrate the release of the new TB guidelines and it introduces greater access to preventative treatment.

For more insight on the journey of the new guideline