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Behind the masks we are all the same

Tuberculosis (TB) is a treatable infectious disease caused by a bacterium that spreads through the air we breathe. Every year 9 million people become sick with TB. 3 million of them don't get the care they need and 1.3 million lose their lives. Stigma is a major contributing factor. Unseen, unfair and unforgiving.

Wear a mask on World TB Day, 24 March, to remind your society: anybody can get TB and everybody needs support.

Call for ZERO STIGMA

Dr Mario Raviglione,
Director of the  Global TB Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO)

Join the Unmask Stigma Challenge:

Have you ever had to wear a mask in public? How would it make you feel? And those around you? Most of us will hopefully never know the profound stigma and isolation experienced by people ill with tuberculosis, even though the difference could be only a breath away.

Stigma manifests in many unintended ways, but is particularly visible in the uncertain manner we react to masks: ‘Same’ or ‘Other’? Well or unwell? Safe or not safe?

" An infection that still claims one life every 25 seconds..."

And yet the only difference is an infection. An infection that can and must be cured in all of us. An infection that still claims one life every 25 seconds, fuelled by false beliefs and misplaced fear.

Let's change these mistaken responses, by starting with our own. Wear a mask on World TB Day, 24 March, to remind your society: anybody can get TB and everybody needs support. Behind the masks we are all the same.


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Unmasking Stigma across the globe

unmask (verb): expose the true character of or hidden truth about.

stigma (noun): a set of negative and often unfair beliefs about a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

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