Indian government outlines plan to try to eliminate tuberculosis by 2020

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 03 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6604
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, has announced that he hopes to eliminate tuberculosis in India by 2020. He was speaking at a global symposium run by the World Health Organization, called “Moving out of the box to end the global TB epidemic: with post-2015 strategy.”

The aim of the Indian campaign, which is called TB Mission 2020, is to provide free diagnosis and treatment to all patients with tuberculosis—whether in government or private hospitals—and to provide nutritional and financial support to patients.

“Drastic reduction demands we take bold steps, catching the bull by the horn,” said Vardhan. “We have …

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