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Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has launched the new TB Harega Desh Jeetega Campaign, along with the National TB Prevalence Survey.
About the Campaign
- The new TB campaign aims to improve and expand the reach of TB care services across the country, by 2022.
- Multi-stakeholder and community participation shall form the pivot of the countrywide campaign.
- Three strong pillars of the campaign include clinical approach, public health component and active community participation.
- Other supporting elements of the campaign comprise private sector engagement, patient support, and political and administrative commitment at all levels.
- This includes preventive and promotive approaches, and proposes potentially transformative interventions such as engagement with private sector health care providers, inter-ministerial partnerships, corporate sector engagement, latent TB infection management, and community engagement.
- The interventions will be accompanied by a comprehensive, mass media and communications campaign to generate awareness about the disease and the free treatment services available under the government program.
TB India Report (2019)
- Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has also released the TB India Report (2019).
- According to the Report, 21.5 lakh TB cases were notified to the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) in 2018, a 16 per cent increase over 2017.
- Notifications from private sector health care providers reached 5.4 lakh, an increase of 40 per cent, contributing to 25 per cent of all TB notifications.