Falling on the 24 March each year, World Tuberculosis Day aims at raising public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis.
It is a worldwide initiative which aims at raising awareness about the global epidemics of tuberculosis and the efforts made to eliminate this preventable disease. World TB Day provides an opportunity to communicate TB-related problems and solutions and to support European TB-control efforts.
The theme for 2014 is multidrug resistance tuberculosis (MDR TB), particularly MDR TB treatment and treatment outcomes. As part of the “Progress towards TB elimination in the EU”, a follow-up to the Framework Action Plan to Fight TB in the EU, ECDC has been monitoring the trend in new MDR TB cases and treatment success. The low treatment success rate in EU/EEA countries is considered a threat to patient survival and a risk for development of XDR TB, which has even worse treatment outcomes.