Today we launch #TBunmasked, a global campaign to support the 50 million healthcare workers on the front lines of the global TB epidemic.
Why this campaign? And why now?
Because some healthcare workers are as much as 3x more likely to contract TB than the average person. Nearly 80% of TB cases among healthcare workers are attributed to occupational exposure. Each day, these heroes put their lives on the line to treat TB patients, and they deserve protection from the very disease they are fighting.
Our first goal is to empower members of the healthcare community by giving them a platform to be heard. We also aim to help inform healthcare workers on how to take meaningful and simple steps to protect themselves from the risk of TB. And we’ll continue to focus on long-term solutions like TB vaccine development—the ultimate solution for healthcare workers and the world.
Please watch this short #TBunmasked video to learn more about our campaign and how to get involved.
We know that the #TBunmasked campaign will hinge on testimonies from healthcare workers: real stories about healthcare heroes who work without the protection of a vaccine to help those suffering from TB.
We’re just getting started and we know we can’t do this alone. We’re calling on you and the global community of healthcare workers to speak up, be heard and take action. Join us at TBunmasked.org.
Tom Evans, MD | CEO | Aeras