On March 24, 1882, Dr. Robert Koch's discovery of the TB bacillus. One hundred years later, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (IUATLD) celebrated the 100th anniversary of this landmark in the fight against TB, establishing March 24th as an annual opportunity to call attention to the devastation TB still causes, and the commitment it will take to end TB.


Stop TB Partnership shared a global theme Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world. You can make history. End TB.
Their campaign materials include tweet ready myths and facts about TB.
They are asking that landmarks be lit in red on/around March 24, to help raise awareness about TB. Read more about this strategy here.

The World Health Organization is sharing current global statistics on TB.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has adopted the global theme, emphasizing the U.S. The CDC has infographics ready for social media sharing.

California Resources:

On Feb 22, 2018, Noon PT the California TB Elimination Coalition met to plan World TB Day activities. See the coalition page for a recording of this webinar.

Materials in the works:

1.  2018  California TB Fact Sheet


2.  Interactive map of California, showing 2016 data elements by local health jurisdictions:

Link to 2016 and 2017 maps


3. Social Media Toolkit: With the help of Breathe California Golden Gate we are creating a social media campaign. The consists of facts to tweet in February, and in March patient/survivor images, quotes and videos from highlighted partners.

Download the Social Media Addendum as of 3/12/18



World TB Day Events


San Diego: In Search of Former Patients of the Vauclain Home Tuberculosis Sanatorium or Other Sanatoriums in  San Diego County to Participate in the Tuberculosis Survivors Network
County of San Diego Tuberculosis Control Branch invites TB patients or family members of those who spent time at the County of San Diego Vauclain Home Tuberculosis Sanatorium or another county area sanatorium during the 1940s, 50s or 60s to a Tuberculosis Survivors Network celebration on Friday, March 23, 2018, 10 AM to 12 PM. The meeting will be held at the County Rosecrans Health Services Complex, 3851 Rosecrans Street, San Dieg/ TB survivors, share your stories and provide your ideas on how to better serve current patients that are experiencing the same journey to wellness. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Yolanda Lopez through the contact us button below.

Los  Angeles: Planned Events

San Francisco: Flyer for Event On March 22, 2018 SF TB Program co-hosted a media event to honor the North East Medical Services network of community health centers as a leader in the work taking place in San Francisco to end TB, modifying the Stop TB Partnership theme, and Celebrating Leaders for a TB-free World. This event was followed by a third annual SF Walk to end TB. SF City Hall will be lit in red on 3/27.

Design by Freelance Designer, Marie Hunkele. Linked In Email: designmuse@mac.com

TB Free California Project is offering the following logo, and logos with local health jurisdiction names below California. Click on the logo below to read about the design and possible uses.  Please make your request directly to TB Free CA Project, or through the Contact Us link below. There are also options for purchase using this logo, linked here.

Santa Clara: Flyer for Event 


World TB Day CDPH Podcast:

TB or not TB: How California is tackling tuberculosis (16:34)

CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith talks with a panel of experts and a patient to explore what tuberculosis is, what happens when you have it and what CDPH is doing to eliminate it. Participants: Julie Vaishampayan, MD, MPH, FIDSA (San Joaquin TB Controller); Julie Higashi, MD, PhD, (Los Angeles TB Controller); Barbara Cole, RN, PHN, MSN, (Chief, Disease Control Branch, Riverside County Department of Public Health); Jennifer Flood, MD, MPH, (State of California TB Controller). Released: 3/24/2017


SF Walk with Breathe California and Curry International TB Center

Local Health Departments
Building partnerships to end TB. Events scheduled in Los Angeles, Santa Clara County and San Francisco.

United to find, test, and treat tuberculosis infection before illness, walking Market Street (SF) to end TB, 3:30-5PM.
We’ll meet at the SF Main Library main entrance at 100 Larkin Street at 3:30. RAIN or SHINE! 
We’ll take photos there together and walk down Market Street to the Ferry Buildiing.
We'll carry BYO Signs to raise awareness about TB and wear Black/Red/White – the colors of the End TB logo.
Join us in this walk to raise awareness about the ongoing challenges of TB across California.

RESULTS’ D.C. Educational Sessions for Members of Congress 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

2016 Materials

  • CDC Produced Materials 
  • CA 2015 Data
  • Fact Sheet
  • This postcard was created for and distributed during the 2016 World TB Day San Francisco End TB Walk to educate the community about TB risks.  A folded card is also available to download and distribute. (Make sure to print on both sides of the paper and use "actual size" under the page sizing & handling section).


CA Events:

March 23rd: San Francisco Department of Public Health TB Control Program Open House -  1-4PM.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health TB Control program would like to invite you to World TB Day 2016!  We will be hosting an open house at our program site at SF General Hospital, Building 90, Ward 94 on March 23rd from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
There will be a chance to meet our program staff, learn about directly observed therapy, hear about the new California risk assessment tool, tour our clinic space, and more!  We are also excited to be joined by our partners at the Curry International Tuberculosis Center.  Come learn about the comprehensive training products, educational materials, and resources that they have to offer.
We look forward to having our community partners join us in raising TB awareness and please forward on to any that might be interested.

Cai Zhang
Administrative Assistant, Tuberculosis Clinic, Disease Prevention and Control, Department of Public Health
March 24: Santa Clara County TB Update 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

“Santa Clara County TB Update” and
“Latent TB Infection Diagnosis and Treatment”
Tara Perti, MD, MPH
Assistant Public Health Officer / Tuberculosis Controller
Santa Clara County Public Health Department
”Global TB and the Power of Advocacy”
Bruce Preville, RESULTS Silicon Valley
749 Story Road
San Jose, CA 95122
Lunch will be provided!  RSVP to Sravana Vellaturi at Breathe California of the Bay Area

March 25: Walk with a TB Survivor Advocate to Raise Awareness about TB and Knowing Your Risk for TB.
We are walking up Market Street, starting at 4PM at the Ferry Building, ending at 5PM in front of City Hall. We are simply going to take a walk up Market Street to raise awareness that TB is still a challenge in California and that it is important to Know Your Risk.  Please walk with us if you are in the area. Contact Judith, jthigpen (a) ctca.org.

Walking with a TB patient- World TB Day       I Don't want M TV- World TB Day walk

You can watch another TB Survivor Advocate at minute 1:49-2:05 tell his story to the U.S.A.I.D. World TB Day Gathering last week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of TB Elimination invites all to participate in these strategies to raise awareness:
World TB Day Thunderclap:
Thunderclap is a tool that lets a message be heard when we say it together. Think of it as an "online flash mob." Join CDC’s World TB Day Thunderclap, and share the End TB message March 24th at 12:00 p.m. EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT, spreading an idea through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr that cannot be ignored.

We need 100 supporters for the Thunderclap to take effect, so please visit http://thndr.me/j6GAJC before March 24 to sign up and learn more. Please share the information widely with your partners and help us promote the Thunderclap on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

  • Join the #WorldTBDay @ThunderclapIt – add YOUR voice to #EndTB! http://thndr.me/j6GAJC
  • Unite to #EndTB by joining the #WorldTBDay @ThunderclapIt! http://thndr.me/j6GAJC
  • Raise your social media voice to #EndTB! Join CDC @ThunderclapIt. http://thndr.me/j6GAJC

2015 Materials

March 18th, San Francisco media event and Bay Area Controllers and Corrections meeting held to discuss area TB Control challenges and successes. You can watch Julie Higashi, PhD, MD, SF TB Controller present an award of service to pioneering TB laboratorian Anna Babst, Senior Microbiologist,
for her 34 years of dedicated service and share with the Bay Area TB contontrol community her SF General Hospital-based implementation of rapid testing to rule out TB transmission risks.

The California Department of Public Health TB Control Program Branch posted their 2014 TB data.

March 21, Katie's Dance Studio dancers helped the California TB Controllers Association celebrate World TB Day, March 24th, 2015 with a flash mob in Berkeley's Ohlone Park. A flash mob with a message: Stop TB.  Together we can find, cure, and prevent TB in California.

World Health Organization materials; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention materials; Stop TB USA materials;

2014 Materials

Fact SheetBay Area Media ReleaseAdult Risk Assessment,  Media Event at the Curry International TB Center

Most Famous TB PatientsCA TB Patient Testimonial

2013 Materials

Fact Sheet, Bay Area Media Release, Adult Risk Assessment,  Media Event at the Curry International TB Center

Most Famous TB Patients, CA TB Patient Testimonial

CTCA Media Release and Fact Sheet; California Department of Public Health Resources

3/19/13 City College of San Francisco news conference and TB screening event.  Breathe California captured the event on video, including interviews from key participants, including a patient advocate. (visual aids)

3/15/13 Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership podcast interviews current CTCA President Julie Higashi, MD, PhD on tuberculosis control and prevention.

House of Representatives TB Elimination Caucus outreach effort to stabilize resources for continued TB control and moving toward elimination. Click here&