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Our Mission

The mission of the South Carolina Tuberculosis Association is to promote and assist in the elimination of Tuberculosis through education, collaboration, research and practice.

The SCTBA is a 501(c)3 organization recognized by the South Carolina Secretary of State's Office and the IRS.

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As U.S. TB cases continue to decrease, the perception of TB as a public health risk diminishes as well.

As a result, TB can seem to be of lower priority to the general public and many policymakers.

Competition for public funds puts resources for TB control and research at risk.

World TB Day

Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).

World TB Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB around the world.  CDC, along with our partners and colleagues around the world share successes in TB prevention and control, and raise awareness of the challenges that hinder our progress toward the elimination of this devastating disease.




The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control TB Dvision and the SCTBA  have joined together in order to provide monetary funds for South Carolina  TB Nurses so they may purchase necessary items (i.e. food and personal care) for authorized TB patients. This program assists in the health and well-being of TB Patients in South Carolina.

TB Awareness mini grants

The South Carolina Tuberculosis Association has created the TB Awareness Program in order for other non-profit organizations and/or churches to partner in a cooperative effort to create awareness of tuberculosis as a crippling disease affecting communities around the state of South Carolina. Our program provides grants in amounts of $500 or $2,000 to organizations that will manage a project centered on publicizing and educating the public about what tuberculosis disease is, how it is spread, identification of a tuberculosis-infected individual and/or treatment options available to the general population.  

We do not require matching funds, only in-kind expenditures of your staff and other volunteers in the planning, organizing, directing and controlling of the project.

South Carolina Tuberculosis Association was originally formed in 1917 to provide the people of South Carolina with educational information about the cause and spread of the disease tuberculosis. In addition, the Association obtained and disseminated information regarding preventative methods and plans that provided better living conditions for individuals with the disease in the community. For the future, we envision building upon our collaborative success by developing additional funding opportunities that will work toward the eradication of this dreaded disease.

Mini Grant Application

For more information regarding grant applications or the Alternative Housing Program, please contact Donald Wood via E-mail:



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Tuberculosis (often called TB) is an infectious disease that usually attacks the lungs, but can attack almost any part of the body. Tuberculosis is spread from person to person through the air. When people with TB in their lungs or throat cough, laugh, sneeze, sing, or even talk, the germs that cause TB may spread throughout the air. If another person breathes in these germs there is a chance that they will become infected with tuberculosis. Repeated contact is usually required for infection.

It is important to understand that there is a difference between being infected with TB and having TB disease. Someone who is infected with TB has the TB germs, or bacteria, in their body. The body's defenses are protecting them from the germs and they are not sick. Someone with TB disease is sick and can spread the disease to other people. A person with TB disease needs to see a doctor as soon as possible.

It is not easy to become infected with tuberculosis. Usually a person has to be close to someone with TB disease for a long period of time. TB is usually spread between family members, close friends, and people who work or live together. TB is spread most easily in closed spaces over a long period of time. However, transmission in an airplane, although rare, has been documented.

Even if someone becomes infected with tuberculosis, that does not mean they will get TB disease. Most people who become infected do not develop TB disease because their body's defenses protect them. Most active cases of TB disease result from activating old infection in people with impaired immune systems.

Someone in the world is newly infected with TB bacilli every second and one-third of the world’s population is currently infected with TB. Only about 10 percent of these people will develop TB disease in their lifetime. The other 90 percent will never get sick from the TB germs or be able to spread them to other people.

TB is an increasing and major world wide problem, especially in Africa where the spread has been facilitated by AIDS. It is estimated that nearly 1 billion people will become newly infected, over 150 million will become sick, and 36 million will die worldwide between now and 2020 – if control is not strengthened further. Each year there are more than 8.8 million cases and close to 1.6 million deaths attributed to TB.

TB in the United States by the numbers:

  • 9,025: number of reported cases of TB in the United States in 2018 (a rate of 2.8 cases per 100,000 persons)

  • 60: jurisdictions (states, cities, and US territories) in the United States that report TB data to the CDC

  • Up to 13 million: estimated number of people in the United States living with latent TB infection

Reaching the goal of TB elimination in the United States requires maintaining and strengthening current TB control priorities while increasing efforts to identify and treat latent TB infection among high-risk populations.



The SCTBA is managed by Capitol Consultants, Inc., an association management and lobbying firm, located in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.


For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please call us at (803) 252-1087 or fill out the following form

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Physical Address

1927 Thurmond Mall Suite 101

Columbia, South Carolina  29201

Telephone: 803-252-1087

Fax Line: 803-252-0589

Mailing Address

Post Office Box 1763

Columbia, South Carolina 29202

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