Tuberculosis is caused by germs that spread from person to person through microscopically droplets set free into the air. Tuberculosis is contagious and can be caused by breathing in the air that an infected person has contaminated through Breathing, Speaking, Singing, Coughing, Sneezing is The NSP for TB elimination 2017–25 is a framework to guide the activities of all investors which also include the national and state governments, development partners, civil society organizations, international agencies, research institutions, private sector, and many others whose work is relevant to TB elimination in India. It provides goals and strategies for the country’s response to the disease during the period 2017 to 2025 The NSP 2017-2025 which builds on the success and learning of the last NSP, articulates the bold and innovative steps required to move towards TB elimination, which is a 8 year strategy document and a 3 year cost plan.
India the only country to carry the highest burden of TB in the world .A staggering 220,000 deaths reported annually. More than 110,000 people are co infected with HIV/AIDS and TB. An estimation of 2.2 million new cases annually . A strong partner, USAID is working with Government of India since 1998. USAID is supporting the GOI’s Call to Action for a TB-Free India, a full-scale campaign to engage healthcare providers, corporate partners, media, celebrities, academia, and patients to end TB in India. This will be achieved by encouraging the approval and execution of finest method for the restrain, exposure and medication of TB as well as by raising awareness to reduce the community blot connected with the disease and vesting association.
Administrator Mark Green announced on Wednesday by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) ‘USAID-India End TB Alliance’ at an event in New York in presence of Union Health Minister J P Nadda .“I was especially moved by those who were initially discouraged from seeking treatment because of stigma but persevered, and now those same people, mostly women, are working as patient advocates, supporting others who are also struggling with stigma, . “A major reason for hope in India is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a longing assurance to achieve a TB-free India by 2025, The USAID is making an initial USD 30 million commitment, subject to the approval of the US Congress, Green said.”
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of the World Health Organisation, and Blessina Kumar from the Global Coalition of TB Activists were also present during the announcement.