WHO International Tuberculosis Awareness Day

09/03/2016 11:11

March 24th is the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Tuberculosis Awareness Day.  Last year we linked you to the WHO official Tubercoulosis page which gave the hard facts of the disease, that is the causes, symptoms, and the treatments.  Some of the links were:


1. For a TB fact sheet: https://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs104/en/

2. For 10 more facts about TB: https://www.who.int/features/factfiles/tuberculosis/en/

3. For WHO's work on TB: https://www.who.int/features/factfiles/tuberculosis/en/


This year we are providing you with more interest items that will tell us a little about the history of TB and recent news items that illustrate the role that TB plays in our world today.



Here are some links that give us some general knowledge about Tuberculosis including causes, symptoms, treatments, and so on.


1. Easy to understand information from Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/home/ovc-20188556

2. Short, to-the-point information from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/general/tb.htm



Tuberculosis has had many names during its lifespan.  In the 18th centure it was called "phthisis" and "consumption."  During the 19th century, it was dubbed "the white death" and "the great white plague."  Other names for tuberculosis are just as dramatic, for example "the robber of youth," "the Captain of all these men of Death," "the graveyard cough," and "the King's-Evill."   (History of Tuberculosis. Part 1)


1. For a timeline of TB throughout history: https://museumofhealthcare.ca/explore/exhibits/breath/tuberculosis-through-the-ages.html

2. For a fairly detailed history of Tuberculosis in easy-to-unerstand language from Rutger's University: https://web.njms.rutgers.edu/ntbcweb/abouttb/historyoftb.html


Recent News Items:

Tuberculosis is a very relevant disease today as can be seen in the amount of attention it still receives.  Below we have provided you with a few links regarding todays TB concerns.


1. For an article about health care, from the Canadian Medical Association Journal: https://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/8march16_closing-a-gap-in-tuberculosis-care-cmaj.109-5238.xhtml

2. For an article about the prevelance of TB in society today, from BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-34658015

3. For an article about efforts to develop more efficient tests to recognise TB, from Reuters: https://news.trust.org/item/20160309233244-39j9r/



Recently there has been a lot of attention regarding the relationship between Tuberculosis and HIV.  Here are a few resources that touched the surface of this point of interest.


1. From the National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:   https://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/tuberculosis/Understanding/Pages/tbHIV.aspx

2. From the World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/hiv/topics/tb/en/

3. From TBFACTS.ORG: https://www.tbfacts.org/tb-hiv/


PLEASE NOTE: This blurb simply touches the surface of the information out there in honour of the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Tuberculosis Awareness Day.  This is in no way expected to be an exhaustive resource of information, rather it is one place where you may find items to pique your interest.  The SurgiMed Clinic has tried to provide you with authoritative and reliable resources that merely scratch the surface of this topic.



1. https://jmvh.org/article/history-of-tuberculosis-part-1-phthisis-consumption-and-the-white-plague/

Last Updated: 3rd August, 2020