On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India aims to eliminate Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target set for 2030. He made this statement during his address at the One World TB Summit, held at the Rudrakash Convention Centre in Varanasi. In addition, he launched several initiatives, such as the TB-Mukt Panchayat, a nationwide launch of a shorter TB Preventive Treatment (TPT), a family-focused care model for TB, and unveiled India’s Annual TB Report for 2023.
Furthermore, Modi laid the cornerstone for the National Centre for Disease Control and High Containment Laboratory, and inaugurated the location for the Metropolitan Public Health Surveillance Unit in Varanasi.
The Prime Minister emphasized India’s commitment to the principle of Vasudev Kutumbakam, which is reflected in the nation’s actions. As the G20 President, India adopted the theme of “One Family, One World, One Future,” based on these beliefs. Modi said, “India previously initiated the ‘One Earth, One Health’ vision, and now, through the ‘One World TB Summit,’ we are fulfilling another promise of Global Good.”
He detailed the multi-faceted strategy employed against TB over the past nine years.
Modi recognized select states, union territories, and districts for their progress in the fight against TB. He highlighted the importance of public participation, improved nutrition, treatment innovation, technological integration, and wellness and prevention initiatives such as Fit India, Yoga, and Khelo India.
Key Takeaways in a Nutshell – Health Newstrack
1. India aims to eliminate Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target of 2030.
2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the One World TB Summit and launched various initiatives, including the TB-Mukt Panchayat, a shorter TB Preventive Treatment, and a family-focused care model for TB.
3. The foundation stone for the National Centre for Disease Control and High Containment Laboratory was laid, and the site for the Metropolitan Public Health Surveillance Unit in Varanasi was inaugurated.
4. India, as the G20 President, has chosen the theme of “One Family, One World, One Future,” reflecting its commitment to global unity.
5. A multi-faceted strategy against TB has been employed over the past nine years, focusing on public participation, nutrition, treatment innovation, tech integration, and wellness and prevention initiatives.