Nine Dutch buildings lit up in red to commemorate World TB Day

World TB Day is commemorated every year on March 24th, to raise public awareness of the devasting health, social and economic impact of tuberculosis.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation participated in the global “Light Up the World for TB” initiative. Organized by Stop TB Partnership, this initiative sees countries illuminate their iconic landmarks in red to demonstrate their commitment to ending tuberculosis.

This year nine buildings in The Hague and Hilversum were lit up in red, including: The World Forum, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Central Office; Gorte Kerk (or The Big Church), Paard van Troje, Madurodam, Amarath Kurhaus Hotel, Zuiderstrand Theatre, the wheel at SkyView Pier and Sanatorium Zonnestraal.

Madurodam and Sanatorium Zonnestraal both have historical connections with TB. Madurodam is a miniature theme park which was first created to support students with TB, so they could continue their studies whilst receiving treatment. From the 1920s through to 1950s, Sanatorium Zonnestraal cared for TB patients. It remains a healthcare facility today and is a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage site.

KNCV remains committed to the fight against tuberculosis and will continue to innovate, collaborate and advocate until the world is free of TB.

Thank you to all our partners who made this year’s World TB Day a great success!

KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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