On Friday, March 24, 2017 World Tuberculosis Day events will kick off. This is an important health event that will help people to understand the disease tuberculosis and how it impacts millions of lives every year. This event is sponsored by various governmental agencies, health organizations and hundreds of businesses from around the world. They all want to bring awareness to this dreaded disease.
A Brief of History of World Tuberculosis Day
World Tuberculosis Day was started in 1882 by a German physician named Robert Koch. This doctor and microbiologist figured out the conditions which lead to tuberculosis. His discovery was ground breaking because he has helped to save millions of lives through this information.
One hundred years after Koch’s discovery (in the year 1982) the World Health Organization (WHO) created World Tuberculosis Day in his honour. However, this day was not recognized as a world observance until the 1990s. Since that time this special event has went on to become a great educational and entertaining affair for millions of people.
What is World Tuberculosis all about?
World Tuberculosis Day is all about informing local people, medical professionals and health experts all over the world about what they can do to eliminate and/or reduce the threat of tuberculosis. The goal of the event (and movement) is to completely end this disease. It is 100% treatable. However, the problem is that many people are being wiped out because of ignorance. Ultimately, World Tuberculosis Day is hoping to change this condition.
This organization also has other objects which includes ending the tuberculosis epidemic by 2030 and by having at least 90% of all people diagnosed with this disease given treatment by the year 2020. This might seem like a lofty goal but organizations and sponsors who are pushing this agenda are right on target. World Tuberculosis Day is a platform that is helping them to achieve this goal.
What events will take place at the World Tuberculosis Day in 2017?
Many of the events that will take place on this day will be focused around education and information. There will be workshops and plenty of conferences and speakers discussing the issues surrounding tuberculosis.
Medical professionals can learn about different ways to prevent, detect and to treat this disease.
The average person can learn how to avoid tuberculosis. Keep in mind that at least 1/3 of the world’s population is suspected with having this disease. Think about this number. Out of the 7 billion people that live in the world slightly over 2 billion of them might have this disease.
This situation is especially daunting because this disease can remain dormant for many years. Also, tuberculosis is spread through the air. This too makes it hard to control. People typically pass this disease on to others whenever they are caught, sneeze or spit.
They can also pass this disease on to other individuals just by holding a normal conversation. That is the danger of tuberculosis and why it has be eliminated. It has the potential to destroy at least half the life living on this planet.
Event organizers might have some entertaining activities such as concerts, activities for kids and families, award ceremonies and exhibits. Ultimately, this event is about education and information. With so many people around the world being at risk for this disease; education and solid information is key to defeating this scourge. Also, training medical professionals is very important to overcoming this problem.
World Tuberculosis Day in 2017 is expected to be one of the best observances in the history of this event. Sponsors and supporters are getting the word and millions are expected to show up at different event locations all throughout the world. So, if you can get out to the World Tuberculosis Day observance in 2017 so you can educate yourself about the best ways to stop this disease.