World TB Day

Image of clock - World TB Day March 24, 2019

Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of tubercle bacillus, the germ that causes tuberculosis. This year, DHEC’s division of TB Control will celebrate World TB Day by developing initiatives that recognize and educate the community and internal DHEC staff and collaborating with community partners.

This year’s theme is “’It’s Time’ to Speak Out, Step In & Stand Up to END TB!”

"It’s Time to SPEAK OUT about the great work done in South Carolina"

Regional frontline staff will be celebrated for the exemplary work they do to help end TB. Each of the following awards was created to bring humor and recognition to both individual and team efforts:

  1. Mr. Clean Award
  2. P.E.A.K.E. Award
  3. Mission Impossible Award
  4. Triple "E" Award
  5. GPS Award
  6. Robert Koch Award
  7. Mayday! Mayday! Award
  8. Atypical Award
  9. Sherlock Holmes Award
  10. MacGyver Award

‘It’s Time’ to STEP IN – and Share Knowledge!

SC state TB Medical Consultant, Dr. Richard Ervin, will provide education to TB staff across the state about QFT Interpretation and Diabetes & TB. TB Medical Consultant, Dr. Susan Dorman, will speak about “What’s to Come” in TB Research and provide an overview of drug resistance. TB Epidemiologist, Jesse Ellis, will speak on Whole-Genome Sequencing. These lectures will be held on March 20, 2020, at the Department of Employment and Workforce, C. Lem Harper Building, 631 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29202 from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Social media messages will also be posted the week of World TB Day promoting events and informing the public on the signs and symptoms of TB.


‘It’s Time’ to STAND UP & Join Hands with Community Partners!

TB Control shared access to valuable resources, including World TB Day posters, flyers, and pamphlets, to our community partners representing diabetes, HIV/AIDs, substance abuse, and other agencies representing co-morbidities of TB to distribute to their clients.    

Special thanks to our community partners who joined us in recognizing World TB Day 2020!

For more information on World TB Day, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website at



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