Union Government launches Tuberculosis Free India Campaign

Mar 13, 2018 15:38 IST
Union Government launches Tuberculosis Free India Campaign

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on March 13, 2018 launched a campaign to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, five years ahead of the globally-set deadline.

The campaign was launched after the inauguration of the Delhi End TB Summit, which is being co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.

Key Highlights

• The TB free India Campaign will take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in a mission mode.

• The National Strategic Plan for TB elimination is backed by funding of over 12,000 crore rupees over the next three years to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.

• The target for eradicating the terminal disease in India has been set for 2025, five years ahead of the global target of 2030.  

• The new NSP will adopt a multi-pronged approach that aims to detect all TB patients with an emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations.

• The Union Government has asked all the state governments to join this mission.

 

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Background

• The World Health Organization declared Tuberculosis as an emergency 25 years ago. Over 10 million people contract TB every year.

• TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable.

• WHO South-East Asia Region, including India, which hosts about one-fourth of the global population, shares a disproportionate 46 per cent global TB disease burden.

• TB was the most prevalent among communicable diseases in India and the poor were the worst affected by it.

About Delhi End TB Summit

The Delhi End TB Summit saw leaders from across the globe converge on the same platform.

The main aim of the summit is to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action to reach the 2030 End TB goal.

It is expected to set the stage for the September 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, where for the first time, TB would be discussed in the UN General Assembly at the Heads of State level.

The UN high-level meeting is expected to support an ambitious set of goals to put the world on a course to end TB.

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