TB Free India-TB Free World ## strategy aims to end the global TB epidemic
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World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared its global strategy and targets for tuberculosis prevention, care and control for 20 years from 2015 to 2035. This twenty year strategy aims to end the global TB epidemic and is called the End TB Strategy. Ending TB is defined as an incidence rate of less than 10 people per 100,000 population per year. The main targets in the End TB Strategy are: ØTo reduce TB deaths by 95%, Ø To cut new cases of TB by 90% between 2015 and 2035 , Ø To ensure that no family is burdened with catastrophic expenses due to TB.
Indian context:- It is estimated that about 2.2 million people develop TB in India in every year and about 220,000 die from this disease. The economic burden of TB in India is extremely high. TB treatment and care in India is provided by the government’s Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP).
The notification of TB cases is estimated to be only 58%. Over one third of cases are not diagnosed, or they are diagnosed but not treated, or they are diagnosed and treated but not notified to the RNTCP. This could be even higher, and the WHO estimates that possibly as many as another 1 million Indians with TB are not notified.
The objective of the project is to create collaborative forums of the stakeholders of Tuberculosis at the district level state level and National Level to develop and implement a formal strategy for community engagement by active involvement of grass root level Stake Holders, civil society organizations and NGOs in order facilitate result oriented ACSM (Advocacy Communication & Social Mobilization) activities @ Purpose of this state wide community based forum is to include all the stakeholders of Tuberculosis, especially the cured TB patients as well as patients under treatment in the communities to ensure that patient voices are heard.
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