Breathe California was founded in 1908 as the San Francisco Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, the number one killer at the time, and spent the first half of the 20th century focused on education, advocacy and research to help lower the city’s TB rates by over 60%. Today, Breathe California remains vigilant against the threat and works to raise awareness about the ongoing issue throughout the year.
California reported 2,000 cases of tuberculosis in 2014 – more cases than any other state. Today on a global level, tuberculosis numbers are rising. The World Health Organization estimates about 6 million new TB cases in 2015, 600,000 of which were drug resistant, and 60,000 of which were extensively drug resistant.
On Friday, March 24, 2017, in collaboration with the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association and other organizations, we will be marching in San Francisco to help raise awareness of tuberculosis and the continued danger that it poses. You can revisit this page or call our office for details about the march as we finalize our plans.
Learn more about our participation in World TB Day 2016 in San Francisco (left).