On World TB Day, survivors and affected community members issue joint statement

Urge government for a people centric approach for care and prevention

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | March 24, 2018 | Mumbai


#Tuberculosis   #TB   #World Health Organisation   #Health   #REACH Media Awards  

With the highest burden of TB internationally, India has embarked on a mission to end TB by 2025 five years ahead of the global target.

The END TB Summit held in New Delhi was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on Saturday. He spoke about the stigma around TB and addressing the gaps within the health system for improved access to TB services. The events commemorating World TB Day together with the US Mission India had officials from USAID, CDC, and other agencies attending the summit and the STOP TB Board Meeting. These meetings are forerunner to the United Nations General Assembly meeting that will take place later this year.    

TB Survivors, affected community members and those affiliated to organisations and networks including Touched by TB (a national coalition of people affected by TB), the Global Coalition of TB Activists,TB Alert India, Ek Pahal (Bihar) and REACH came together in a signed statement and have  called upon the policy and key decision makers for immediate attention to the following points -        
 

  • The urgent need for having TB counsellors at all healthcare settings to provide TB patients and families with the right information and support.
  • Uniform and enhanced access to nutrition support for all those affected by TB. (The signatories have asked all state governments to support and supplement the government’s commitment of Rs 500 per month per person through the treatment period).
  • Access to new technologies and treatment regimens for all those affected by TB.
     
  • Timely disbursement of all promised benefits and a proactive drive for better awareness of available social support mechanisms for people affected by TB.
  • Introduction of effective community monitoring mechanisms to pre-empt any issues that may delay diagnosis and treatment like drug stock-outs or the non-availability of diagnostic supplies and other consumables. 
  • Increased investment in research on TB to identify better tools for TB diagnosis and treatment.
  • Adoption of non-stigmatising language, behaviour and practices by all stakeholders including public and private healthcare providers. 
  • A people-centred approach to TB care and prevention in India with survivors and affected communities at the forefront.


   
 

Comments

 

Other News

Seeking religious aid in governance in India

India is known for its old and rich culture, and religion forms a substantial part of it. In India it is hard to find people who categorise themselves as atheists, unless we refer to the matrimonial or dating apps that now have a breed distancing themselves from any religion and categorise themselves as sp

Uneasy calm in riot-torn Delhi

No untoward incidents have been reported from the parts of the capital that witnessed communal riots this week, but the peace Thursday morning was still tentative and a number of those hospitalized for injuries were battling for life. Clashes began Sunday evening and engulfed parts of northe

Modi-Trump show gives India-US ties new dynamism

In the more than 40 hours of stay in India during his two-day visit, US president Donald Trump exhibited his talents as a politician and also a showman with acumen to provide the Indian audience and Americans back home enough opportunity to stay glued to his activities on the Indian soil. Whether it be his

People-to-people relations the real foundation of Indo-US friendship: Modi

On the second and last day of US president Donald Trump’s India visit, prime minister Narendra Modi said the real foundation of Indo-US friendship is people-to-people relations. Trump, meanwhile, sidestepped the contentious issues of the protests against the new citizenship law, telling a joint press

America loves India, America respects India: Trump

America loves India, America respects India, said US president Donald Trump as he and first lady Melania Trump began their short visit of India from Ahmedabad on Monday, welcomed by prime minister Narendra Modi. The US president was in Ahmedabad, in Modi`s home state of Gujarat, to attend th

2020 is crucial for CPSE: Arjun Ram Meghwal

"The year 2020 is going to be a significant year for India and especially for Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE), "said the Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for heavy industries and public enterprises on Wednesday at the 7th PSU Awards and Conference organised by Governance Now on 19th



Archives

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter