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PM Modi to inaugurate first ever TB India summit next month


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development & management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: India TB summit, WHO End TB Strategy, SDGs, UN

Mains level: Rising incidence of TB in India

India TB summit

  1. The government of India is all set to organize a mega India TB summit from March 13-16
  2. It is a first of its kind event which is aimed at generating sufficient momentum for vision of a TB free India by 2025
  3. This is five years ahead of the global TB elimination target of 2030

National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination 2017-25

  1. During the summit, PM is also expected to formally launch the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination 2017-25 (NSP)
  2. It has been designed in line with World Health Organization’s (WHO) End TB Strategy, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN)
  3. The key features of NSP are to
  • Effectively address patients seeking care in private sector, including provision for free medicines
  • Augmentation of availability of rapid molecular tests
  • A nutritional support to TB patients in DBT mode – Rs 500 per month and
  • An India TB Control Foundation


WHO End TB Strategy

  1. WHO’s post-2015 End TB Strategy, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2014, aims to end the global TB epidemic as part of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals
  2. The resolution calls on governments to adapt and implement the strategy with high-level commitment and financing
  3. It focuses on serving populations highly vulnerable to infection and poor health care access, such as migrants
  4. The strategy and resolution both highlight the need to engage partners within the health sector and beyond, such as in the fields of social protection, labour, immigration and justice
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