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India meets target to reduce tuberculosis burden

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6183 (Published 17 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6183
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

India has met the 2015 target to reduce the incidence, prevalence, and mortality rate of tuberculosis (TB), but the country still accounts for 23% of the world’s TB cases, a report from the World Health Organization has found.

The targets set out in WHO’s annual Global Tuberculosis Report were that TB incidence should be falling (based on the United Nations’ millennium development goal 6) and that TB prevalence and mortality rates should be halved compared with their 1990 levels.

Between 1990 and 2014 the prevalence of TB in India fell …

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