The theme for World TB Day 2021 is “The Clock Is Ticking: let’s Find and Prevent TB Now”. This tagline is meant to serve as a call to the global community to accelerate efforts to end TB by 2030.
The IMPAACT4TB project is currently rolling out short-course TB preventive therapy, specifically 3HP, for those most at risk of contracting TB, including people living with HIV and children under five and adolescents in 12 high-burden countries that represent 50 per cent of the global TB/HIV burden. Subsequently, the project will target all the household contacts with TB patients- as part of the family approach – across those 12 countries.
TB prevention is particularly important during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Shocking data from STOP TB Partnership shows that 12 Months of COVID-19 Eliminated 12 Years of Progress in the Global Fight Against Tuberculosis. Therefore, we need to scale up TB prevention efforts to reverse the tide. This includes the potentially catastrophic impacts of mild and severe COVID-19. Household contacts of known TB cases remain at risk of getting TB and COVID-19 can also benefit from TPT.
TB communities need to act urgently to strengthen our TB responses and ensure improved quality of TB service provision, ensuring that countries maximize the health and safety of the most vulnerable persons at risk of or suffering from TB; this includes healthcare workers especially during this pandemic. Advocacy is critical to ensure TB remains a national priority.
This toolkit contains materials and resources that can be used around World TB day and beyond highlighting the need for TB preventive therapies. To get involved you can: