India’s TB control programme has treated over 19 million patients, but the incidence of TB continues to be high. TB is a major killer and drug-resistant TB is a growing threat. There are several likely reasons including:
social conditions and co-morbidities that fuel the TB epidemic:
under-investment by the government
weak programme implementation and management
suboptimal quality of care in the private sector
insufficient advocacy around TB.
Fortunately, India possesses the technical know-how, competence and resources to address these challenges. The End TB Strategy by the World Health Organization offers India an excellent blueprint to advance the agenda of TB control.
This research was supported by the UK Department for International Development’s Operational Research Capacity Building Programme led by the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)
Pai M, Daftary A, Satyanarayana S. TB control: challenges and opportunities for India.
Transactions of the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2016 Mar; 110(3):158-60. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trw003.
TB control: challenges and opportunities for India