Eliminating tuberculosis within a generation

Published ahead of World TB Day (24 March 2019), The Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis estimates that there are significant financial benefits of reducing TB mortality.

GN Bureau | March 22, 2019


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Published ahead of World TB Day (24 March 2019), The Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis estimates that there are significant financial benefits of reducing TB mortality. With the country shouldering one-fourth of the global burden and a predominant number of patients accessing care in the private sector, the Lancet Commission’s report says that the country can save 8 million lives over the next 30 years by providing subsidized tests and supporting patients to complete tuberculosis treatment.

 
Here are the key highlights from the report:
 
-Tuberculosis has killed more than 1.6 million people a year in 2017, more people than any other infectious disease
 
-Currently more than a third of TB cases (35%) are not diagnosed or treated.  
 
-India can save 8 million lives over the next 30 years by providing subsidized tests and supporting patients to complete tuberculosis treatment.
 
-The savings from averting a TB death are estimated to be three times the costs, and may be much greater in many countries. 
 
-The saved lives would constitute over a quarter of total deaths (28%) due to tuberculosis. This would cost an extra US$290 million each year, which is significantly less than India’s US$32 billion losses associated with TB mortality each year.
 
-The UN and WHO have declared TB a health crisis and made ending the disease a global priority. This included ambitious goals to treat 40 million people, and to prevent 30 million new cases between 2018-2022. 
 
-India can increase domestic expenditure on TB by 400% over the next 5 years by increasing the distribution of public resources to health, pooling financing, and allocating tax revenues to health. 
 
-Priorities include availability of high quality diagnostic tests and treatments for all people with active TB in high burden areas. 
 

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