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How will you make World TB Day count?

March 19, 2014

March 24th is World TB day.

The prevalence and incidence of TB is an important public health concern and World TB Day is an opportunity to build awareness about the burden of Tuberculosis (TB) and recognize TB prevention and care efforts.

The distribution of TB is not random. In 2012, 1,686 cases of new active and re-treatment TB cases were reported in Canada. 64% of all reported TB cases were foreign-born individuals, 23% were Canadian-born Aboriginal people and 10% were Canadian-born non-Aboriginal people (origin was unknown for 3% of the reported cases). These differences indicate that TB is a key area of intervention for those concerned about health equity.

In partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), the NCCDH brought together a group of public health practitioners to discuss taking public health action to address the social determinants of TB.

The conversation was facilitated by NCCDH’s Claire Betker with

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The practitioners discuss how numerous social determinants of health, such as housing, food security and access to health care, influence TB. They describe pragmatic approaches in different Canadian health settings and emphasize the importance of working in partnership with communities to overcome barriers.

How will you make World TB Day count?

Check out the conversation and share it with a colleague. What resonates with you about the themes discussed?

Join the Twitter conversation with @NCCDH_CCNDS and @CentreInfection online using the hashtag #WorldTBday.

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Aboriginal health , Access to health services, Infectious disease

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