March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day which is aimed at raising public awareness about the deadly diseases.
Around the world, nearly 1.5 million people die from Tuberculosis with 68,000 deaths occurring in Pakistan alone. It is believed that almost one-third of the world’s population falls victim to this disease, most of which are from underdeveloped and developing countries.
Below is a list of six of the most famous faces in the world who had a tough battle against Tuberculosis:
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, suffered from TB from 1930s and onwards. However he chose not to make this knowledge public as it could have hurt his political standing. He eventually succumbed to the illness and passed away in 1948, a year after Pakistan achieved independence.
The famous Bollywood celebrity, Amitabh Banchan, was a patient of TB but after undergoing a successful treatment was free of the deadly disease. His terrible experience with the disease led him to join the BMC’s awareness campaign against tuberculosis as it’s brand ambassador.
The dictator of Nazi Germany responsible for the start of World War 2 and ultimately the deaths of millions suffered from a multitude of illnesses including tuberculosis. Ironically none of his medical conditions were able to kill him, instead he met his demise at his own hands. Adolf Hilter met his end by committing suicide.
Kamala was an Indian freedom fighter, the wife of Jawaharlal Nehru and the mother of Indira Gandhi. She began suffering from TB while in Europe and died at the prime age of 37.
The World famous Lebanese -American artist and poet, Kahlil Gibran met an early demise after struggling with tuberculosis. He died at the age of 48.
The renowned human and social rights activist, Desmond Tutu, suffered from TB in his youth but survived. He is an active campaigner for the controlling of TB and HIV infection and serves as a patron of many International NGOs related to the cause.
Each year a new theme is set for World TB day. This year’s theme is “Unite to end TB”. Unite with us in spreading awareness about tuberculosis by sharing this article.