Every year, nine million people get sick with TB. Three million do not get the care they need. This year on World TB Day, March 24, 2014, the global TB community is calling on communities to “Reach the 3 Million: Find. Treat. Cure TB.” The USAID TB Program South Africa will use World TB Day to raise awareness of TB among hard-to-reach communities, in particular, among children.
In South Africa, TB is among the leading causes of death in children under 15. Most cases of TB in children occur in those with a known contact who has been diagnosed with TB, frequently a parent or another close relative; therefore, there is a critical need to mobilize communities and families to address TB in children.
TB Program South Africa has a number of events planned over the course of several weeks, leading up to World TB Day. These activities include:
Public service announcement (PSA): Earlier this month, the project launched a PSA encouraging parents and relatives of a child exposed to TB to take that child to the health center for testing. The PSA is now running nationally on both television and radio.
Events for March 12th – 19th included: