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PM Modi urges citizens, organisations to take lead to end TB

24 March 2018

The disease is responsible for destroying millions of lives every year.

TB vaccines are still probably two or three decades away. Those with HIV AIDS, IV drug users and those who are in close proximity to people with active TB are especially susceptible.

In 2017, 100 cases of TB disease were reported in Indiana.

In September 2018, world leaders will come together at UN Headquarters in NY for the first-ever UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis to adopt a progressive, visionary and actionable political declaration on the disease. Post graduate from National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi. Following a new roadmap on improving prevention and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) developed with USAID's support, the Kyrgyz Republic is adopting new treatment models, modernizing the health system, and providing new incentives for doctors, the US Embassy in Bishkek reports. Despite this, TB still remains a serious public health problem with a steady incline for the number of cases and deaths over the last 10 years.

TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. According to a World Health Organization report, 4, 23,000 TB patients died in 2016.

The Under Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Chui Tak-yi, at the opening ceremony said that although the local TB rate has seen a continuous decline in recent years, it is still higher than the rates in some European and American countries and regions.

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Ending the global TB and HIV epidemics is possible. Action is needed to understand whether they are getting effective treatment in the private system or not at all.

Will our leaders deliver?

Dr. Al Maslamani said the key to fighting the spread of TB is to remove the stigma attached to the disease through providing education and accurate information about how it can be acquired.

India has repeatedly - and unfortunately - figured prominently in the list of countries with maximum TB-related deaths. TB is a huge drain on India's economy. "A TB-free world is a wonderful service to humanity", PM said.

The 2025 target is audacious. But the global TB community appreciates the ambition displayed by India. A new randomised trial called SHINE is looking to shorten standard treatment for children with drug-susceptible TB from 6 to 4 months.

He said a TB leader is a head of state, minister, mayor, governor, parliamentarian and community leader. What kind of sustained effort would be required to convert the political aspirations into tangible progress on the ground?

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The countries are known as the "high burden countries" are those with the highest level of disease. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) works with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to fight this deadly infectious disease.

As wealthy donor countries focus their priorities on populist and nationalist demands, it is unclear whether any other rich country will pick up the slack.

Of the current findings, as many as 420 thousand TB patients have undergone treatment.

In India, over 1300 people die of TB every day.

"Nigerian has made some significant strides towards TB control, but we know we can do better and faster to achieve the End TB Goal".

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PM Modi urges citizens, organisations to take lead to end TB