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WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme

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WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme:


A virtual high-level event on ‘Global Drive to Scale up TB Prevention’ was recently organized by WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme.

  • The purpose of this special high-level event was to discuss key actions needed at the global and country-level to scale up TB prevention strategies and drive progress towards achieving the 2022 UN High-Level Meeting target on TB preventive treatment.

What is TB?

  1. TB is an infectious disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  2. It typically affects the lungs (pulmonary TB) but can also affect other sites.
  3. The disease is spread when people who are sick with pulmonary TB expel bacteria into the air, for example by coughing.

India’s efforts in this regard:

  1. India is aggressively implementing its fully-funded National Strategic Plan to End TB.
  2. In the last few years, 50 million people have been treated.
  3. India seeks to achieve national scale-up of TB preventive treatment (TPT).
  4. It also seeks to achieve the UN High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) targets of 40 million persons started on TB treatment and 30 million on TPT globally in the remaining 18 months.
  5. Sub-national Certification of States and Districts instituted in 2020- The initiative marks districts/States-UTs on “Progress towards TB Free Status” under different categories measured with graded milestones of decline in TB incidence.

India’s Annual TB Report 2020:

  1. 20.04 lakh notified TB patients in 2019 in India, which is a 14% increase from 2018.
  2. Reduction in the number of missing cases to 2.9 lakh cases as against more than 10 lakhs in 2017.
  3. Private sector notifications increased by 35% with 6.78 lakh TB patients notified.
  4. Proportion of children diagnosed with TB increased to 8% in 2019 compared to 6% in 2018.
  5. Provision of HIV testing for all notified TB patients increased from 67% in 2018 to 81% in 2019.
  6. Expansion of treatment services has resulted in a 12% improvement in the treatment success rate of notified patients. For 2019, it is 81% compared to 69% in 2018.


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Prelims Link:

  1. SDG on TB reduction.
  2. What is NTEP and the goal under it?
  3. About Central TB Division.
  4. Annual TB report is released by?
  5. What is TB? How is it caused?

Mains Link:

“India’s TB report must be seen in light of the country’s slide in Hunger Index”, critically analyse the statement in the light of recently released Annual India Tuberculosis (TB) report.

Sources: PIB.