Wednesday, March 21, 2012


The US Embassy in Manila has begun an awareness campaign about Tuberculosis (TB). About fifteen percent of all visa applications are denied or delayed as a result of high TB numbers. TB is the number one medical reason for the denial or delay of a visa application. All immigrant applicants must prove that they have been immunized against the major communicable diseases.

According to the Embassy, the Philippines has the ninth-highest TB rate in the world. TB is the sixth leading cause of death. About one hundred Filipinos die of the disease every day. If you are living in Manila and plan on immigrating to the US, please be sure to have your immunization records up-to-date. Indeed, even if you do not plan on coming to the US, it is a good idea to protect yourself.

The Embassy has posted a video on its Facebook page by Project Blue Balloons, which highlights this tragic disease.



  1. The US embassy does more to the Philippines than just process Visa applications and take care of its foreign citizens in that country. They also ensure they have active social programs in distressed communities. visa application for usa

  2. This TB awareness campaign is a good advocacy in order to help the Filipinos understand this disease. I hope there'd be more programs like this such as medical an dental programs to help the people with their health problems. I hope me and my fellow dentists in Concord NC could also participate in this event some time.


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