Elimination of Tuberculosis from India

India accounts for about a quarter of the global TB burden. India has set the target to eliminate Tuberculosis in India by 2025. To evolve a strategy in this regard, India has put in place National Strategic Plan 2017 – 2025 which sets out the government plans of how the elimination of TB can be achieved.

In 2018, 5, 36,752 TB patients have been notified from the private sector. There has been a 40% increase in TB notification from the private sector as compared to 2017. As per State reports till 25.01.2019, 40% notified TB patients, 35% treatment supporters and 8% private practitioners have been paid incentives through DBT. 44,517 (8%) TB patients were given anti-TB drugs from the programme.

A partnership with the private sector has been envisaged under Joint Effort for Elimination of Tuberculosis (JEET) for the elimination of TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global schedule. Indian Medical Association has been roped in for large scale sensitization and advocacy with private practitioners with standardized digital material. States have been guided to keep programme provided anti-TB drugs at private practitioner’s clinic or pharmacy. To increase the reporting from the private sector, public-private support agency approach has been initiated.

The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey has stated in parliament that government is committed to achieving the target of TB elimination by 2025 and not considering any revision in targets.

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