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World TB Day 2021: Progress undone?

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2021 is observed today and while the Indian Government remains optimistic, COVID-19 has presented huge challenges that could see years of work undone. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan delivered an address at the India TB Summit via video conference call highlighting the importance of India’s continued […]

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TB in India: Fewer cases but still the most in the world

Tuberculosis (TB) in India continues to be a major public health burden, even as cases have decreased. This is according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) report on TB, launched earlier this week, which provides an overview of how the world is tackling one of its dominant infectious disease challenges.  The news is not

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World TB Day: Will India show leadership in the fight against TB?

“It was something that I had never expected, I was really shocked,” Nandita Venkatesan said as she recalled finding out she had become re-infected with tuberculosis (TB) in 2013. It was six years after she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2007, some months before her eighteenth birthday. In a candid conversation profiled in

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A TB-free India by 2025 – or a drug resistance epidemic?

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to rid India of tuberculosis (TB) by 2025. This is an ambitious deadline five years in front of the global elimination deadline. Can this goal be achieved or is the new deadline simply political point scoring? The state of TB in India India has a bad track record in

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