We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
Tuberculosis is a major public health problem in India. In 2010, the country accounted for over a quarter of the world’s cases of TB. Each year, over two million people in India fall ill with TB, and 320,000 people die from the disease. India is now second only to China for the number of cases of multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) recorded each year; 64,000 cases in 2010.
In 1993 the Government of India launched the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, which now covers the entire country. Under the programme, treatment for TB is free for all. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they can access free treatment from government health clinics – even if they do recognise their symptoms as TB. In rural India travel to clinics may be prohibitive because of the costs and distances involved. Some people lack confidence in public health care, or feel excluded from it – particularly among traditionally marginalised groups such as tribal populations and the lower-castes. Many others prefer to visit the private practitioners and traditional healers that they are familiar with – though they are unregulated and often know little about TB.
Find out more:
Our work in Andhra Pradesh:
- Why work in Andhra Pradesh?
- The TB-HIV in Andhra Pradesh (TAP) programme
- Andhra Pradesh Community Health Interventions Project (APCHIP)
» Our history in India