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March 23, 2006
World TB Day Initiatives
Toronto Public Health is collaborating with community partners to promote awareness of tuberculosis (TB) on World TB Day, March 24.

“This disease is preventable, treatable and curable. Together with our partners, we can help to control and reduce TB in Toronto,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Medical Officer of Health.

Toronto has about 400 cases of TB annually, approximately one quarter of all cases reported in Canada. Over ninety percent of people who develop active TB in Toronto were born in countries where TB is endemic. Toronto Public Health’s TB program works with community groups and settlement agencies to increase awareness and to ensure people with TB get timely treatment.

As part of this year’s initiatives, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is:
- Holding its 3rd annual Settlement Workers Workshop to increase TB awareness for agencies serving newcomers by addressing TB, nutrition, mental health and employment issues.
- Providing a CD containing multi-language TB resources to community health centres and hospitals in Toronto as well as public health units across Ontario.
- Collaborating with the Toronto Chinese Health and Education Committee (TCHEC) to provide TB information through the Chinese media.
- Providing TB education to hospital staff.
- Sending a TB skin testing Quick Reference guide to Toronto physicians.
- Setting up TB information displays at hospitals and civic centres.

World TB Day is sponsored by the World Health Organization. This year’s theme is “Actions for Life: Towards a World Free of Tuberculosis.” For more information on World TB Day in Toronto, visit

Media contact
Gil Hardy, Toronto Public Health,



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