Without a magic wand, India cannot eliminate TB by 2025

At the end of 50 years of tuberculosis control activities, the disease remains a major health challenge in India. As per new estimates, the number of new cases every year has risen to 2.8 million and mortality is put at 4,80,000 each year. These figures may go up when the national TB prevalence survey is... Continue Reading →

TB treatment programme in India may be generating more MDR cases

  The Joint Monitoring Mission 2015 has come down heavily on the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for their inability to handle the MDR-TB crisis in the country. The report released last month reflects on the findings, conclusions, and recommendations made by it in 2012. Despite... Continue Reading →

Editorial: No room for haste

Published in The Hindu on October 2, 2012 The past year has witnessed unprecedented official efforts to rein in the growing tuberculosis epidemic. In 2011 alone, 1.2 million new TB cases were reported while 60,000 patients already inflicted died. In reality, the real incidence, most likely was much higher — the number of new cases... Continue Reading →

TB control: challenges in engagement

Published in The Hindu on September 20, 2012 Engaging the private practitioners in the fight against TB is easier said than done. For instance, there is a dichotomy in the way the public and private sector treat a TB patient. Private practitioners prefer to treat their patients with a daily fixed dose combination therapy while... Continue Reading →

Incentives-linked plan to detect TB cases

Published in The Hindu on September 11, 2012 The national strategic plan for TB control for 2012-17 developed by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has raised the bar for tackling the fast- growing TB epidemic in the country. The main goal of the strategic plan is to provide universal access to early... Continue Reading →

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