World TB Day: TB claims nearly 1.5 million lives every year
World TB Day is commemorated annually on 24 March to raise awareness around the epidemic.
CAPE TOWN - World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is being commemorated around the globe today, under the banner "Unite to end TB".
This day is commemorated annually, on the 24 March, to create awareness around the epidemic that claims nearly 1.5 million lives each year - mostly in developing countries.
The South African National Tuberculosis association says the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape are worst affected by the epidemic.
#WorldTBDay The Western Cape Health Department says it's reported a treatment success rate of 82% since 2013, for all types of TB. LI— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 24, 2016
The association' Derick Esterhuizen says, "World TB Day is very important because this is the time in the year where everybody involved in the fight against TB makes a special effort to spread the news about TB and create awareness and also to test as many people as possible."