India joins WHO call to end TB by 2030 in South East Asian
India among other countries in the South East Asian Region, which bear half of the global tuberculosis burden, today signed a ‘call for action’ and pledged to scale up measures to end the disease by 2030.
India reports 2.8 million new TB cases annually and nearly half a million deaths due to the disease.
Health ministers from countries in WHO South-East Asia Region, which bear half the global TB burden and WHO signed a ‘Call for Action’ for ending TB, pledging to scale-up efforts and implement adequately funded, innovative, multi-sectoral and comprehensive measures to achieve the global target to end the disease by 2030,
Six of the region’s countries — Bangladesh, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand — are among the 30 high TB burden nations globally.
The global targets seek to reduce TB mortality by 90 per cent and incidence by 80 per cent by 2030.
The initiative also stresses on increasing government and partner budgetary allocations to enable national TB plans to be fully funded.
WHO’s South-East Asia Region comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste.