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The 2008 TB Information Campaign will be Carried Out under the Slogan I can Stop TB

March 24, 2008, the World Tuberculosis Day, will see the launch of the national information campaign “I can Stop Tuberculosis”. This campaign will be conducted within the project “Support of the National Programme “Tuberculosis” in the Republic of Belarus” implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior and the Belarusian Red Cross.

On Monday, March 24, all the regions of Belarus will host the Day of Health dedicated to the TB problem. In the course of the campaign preventive and educational activities, as well as showing the TB social ads will be carried out within one month in healthcare organizations, educational institutions, enterprises and health schools. TB dispensaries will host the Day of the Open Doors, providing all comers with free check-ups and consultations of the qualified specialists.

During 2008, information and educational leaflets, posters, brochures and booklets will be distributed among the population.

“It is impossible to make progress in the fight against tuberculosis without vigorous information and educational activities, without consolidated efforts of medical workers and patients, scientists and teachers, public and state organizations, mass media, local communities, without involving each and every person,” Levan Bouadze, acting UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, said. “Such a campaign provides a unique opportunity to raise the awareness of the population towards the danger of TB infection, and helps to spur the fight against the disease at the national, regional and local level.”

Despite the recent progress in TB detection, treatment and prevention, tuberculosis still remains a global threat. According to the World Health Organization, every year almost 9 million people get infected; more than 1.5 million people die due to TB.

The Government of Belarus keeps the TB situation under control. 2007 saw a significant improvement of the epidemiological situation. Nevertheless, reduction of the TB spread rate still remains an issue of the day.

For additional information please refer to Project Manager Larisa Savishcheva, tel. +375 (17) 299 51 88, E-mail: , or Project Information Assistant Irina Karanchuk, tel. + (029) 116 30 21, E-mail:

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