Stronger Than TB!

"Stronger Than TB!" – under this slogan Kyiv sees in the World TB Day, 24 March.

TB epidemic in Ukraine was declared in 1995. More than 20 years have passed, but the situation has only worsened by all the epidemic indicators. Every year, over 30,000 people are diagnosed with TB in the country (4 new cases every hour). Every eighth patient dies. Lately, TB forms insensitive (resistant) to traditional drugs have been increasingly spreading in Ukraine and worldwide whose treatment requires much more time and money.

The World TB Day is an important event and has great significance all over the world for raising public awareness about the symptoms, diagnostics and treatment of the disease, as well as for establishing effective control over TB spread.

On this occasion today, on 24 March, the Charitable Organisation "Public Movement – Ukrainians Against Tuberculosis Foundation" together with its partners has held a public information event "Stronger Than TB" in front of the building of Kyiv City Solomyansky Rayon State Administration.

Also involved in the event were Kyiv City Solomyansky Rayon State Administration, Kyiv branch of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, Kyiv City Centre of Social Services for the Family, Children and Youth, Kyiv City TB Hospital, Kyiv City Health Centre, "Stop TB Together" Coalition of Organisations and the All-Ukrainian Association of TB Sufferers "Stronger Than TB".

The event is aimed at raising awareness of Kyiv residents about the danger of TB, the need to have it diagnosed in time and to undergo a full course of treatment.

During the event, people who were ill with TB told those interested their story of winning the fight against TB and gave out "TB is curable!" leaflets. Information tents were installed where educational materials on TB prevention were given. 

At the event, Kyivites were provided with an opportunity to undergo a free examination using a digital low-dose chest X-ray machine.

The event was organised with support from Kyiv City Council's Standing Commission on Public Health and Social Protection. Also, we'd like to thank THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR TB DRUG DEVELOPMENT, INC. (the “TB Alliance”) for supporting our initiative.