Each year, we commemorate World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up 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. This day is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. This year the World TB day 2020 theme is “It`s time… to end TB”. The Latvian Red Cross calls to care for your lung health!
Some of the suggestions for protecting yourself from the disease are mentioned by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control:
- regular ventilation of premises;
- strengthening of immunity;
- healthy lifestyle.
For more information on tuberculosis, its risks, self-protection and prevention, please visit the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia website HERE!
You are also welcome to check out the activities that are suggested by World Health Organization – the World TB Day toolkit in different languages full of more slogan suggestions, guidelines for interactive campaigns, merchandise and social media, eye-catching graphics and exciting ideas to help you engage with the public and focus everyone’s attention on tuberculosis can be found on the following LINK.
For many years, the Latvian Red Cross has been an active member of the international network ERNA. The Network aims to reduce HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis C prevalence in Europe and Central Asia through the active work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, mainly targeting the most vulnerable and marginalized groups of people living with HIV/ AIDS, or suffering from tuberculosis or hepatitis C. The network consists currently of 44 national societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Details of how the ERNA network works are available at the webpage: http://erna.redcrossredcrescent.com/en/