On the night of March 24, 1882, Robert Koch announced in Berlin Physiological Society, the Mycobacterium tuberculosis was the cause of tuberculosis. Surely this was a memorable day for Medical Microbiology, but after 134 years we have much to celebrate. Although we have diagnostics and effective drugs methods, TB still kills three people every minute around the world and, from 2015, became the first cause of mortality among infectious diseases, overcoming the HIV / AIDS . This is a great and unspeakable disgrace to humanity in general. Certainly we need to invest in research and the transfer of its results to the user and the health system. We urgently need a diagnosis poin-of-care and a shorter and effective drug treatment against active TB, latent TB and resistant TB. We also need effective biomarkers to identify individuals susceptible to infection and developing TB or relapse after treatment of active TB, finally we lack even an effective vaccine. But the major bottleneck is the lack of political commitment by governments, which by its transience and electoral political logic, move, most of the time, blindly, without listening to the social and academic segments, which in experience should compose, permanently the set of actors who plans and executes the control of TB.
In this March 24 should reflect the role of each segment in the control of TB and particularly the role of the TB network (REDE TB –Brazil) in this scenario. What our story points is that our greatest mission as a network, has been facing the challenge of reducing the gap between state, academia, civil society and companies, seeking to include and coordinate efforts that may have as an outcome the reduction of this plague. Adversity has been one more stimulus for strengthening the TB network (REDE TB –Brazil) ) which more than one institution is a concept of integration and collaboration between different segments, with different looks seek to join efforts to control TB.