World TB Day Campaign 2011 is now live

24 January 2010 - Geneva - Today marks the launch of the World TB Day 2011 campaign web site at

2011 is the second year of the two-year campaign of the Stop TB Partnership, On the move against tuberculosis whose goal is to galvanize innovation in TB care and research. It is inspired by the ambitious new objectives and targets of the Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015: Transforming the Fight-Towards Elimination of Tuberculosis, which was launched by the Stop TB Partnership in October 2010. This new plan, for the first time, identifies all the research gaps that need to be filled to bring rapid TB tests, faster treatment regimens and a fully effective vaccine to market and, therefore to the people who need them.

"It is with great pleasure that we launch the campaign for World TB Day, which has special meaning for me this year since I will observe it for the first time in my new role as Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership," says Dr Lucica Ditiu. "My hope is that all preparations will be done keeping mind those affected by tuberculosis, the people most in need of our successful actions."

The campaign focuses on recognizing individuals - doctors, nurses, managers, patients, activists and advocates, and researchers around the world who have found new ways to fight and stop TB in different settings and can serve as an inspiration to others. The campaign challenges us to look at the fight against TB in an entirely new way: that every step we take should be a step that counts for people and will lead us towards TB elimination.

The campaign site includes downloadable slogans, a helpful guide in all six official languages of the World Health Organization (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish)for planning a World TB Day event; and a template for developing posters with the slogan On the move against tuberculosis.