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India ready to lead and be voice of Global South fight against TB: Mandaviya

Varanasi: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Manshukh Madaviya stated that India is ready to lead from the front and be the voice of the Global South in the collaborative fight against TB and emphasised on the need to develop TB vaccine. He was addressing the 36th board meeting of the Stop TB Partnership.

Emphasising that exceptional work is done at the ground level to eliminate TB through innovation in case finding, mathematical modeling, digital interventions, and surveillance, Dr Mandaviya said, “India has identified three important health priorities under the G20 Presidency. All of these are focused on universal health coverage and relevant to our response for TB elimination. India would be happy to share technical assistance with other countries to replicate such good practices”

The Union Health Minister was joined by the Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar. Dr Mandaviya, while referring to the importance of the TB vaccine in the global fight against the disease, called for the need to have TB vaccines urgently. He also urged the Stop TB Partnership Board to deliberate on this and take up this matter at the UN High Level Meeting on universal health coverage in September this year.

Dr Mandaviya also said it is crucial to fast-track TB vaccine development, expand the manufacturing capacities, and help countries with easy access. He further went on to say that efforts are being made not only to rebound from COVID but also to bring innovative strategies like the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan, which has become a one-of-a-kind movement in the world. While praising the initiative, the Minister termed it an action call to mobilise communities for eliminating TB.

Also present at the meeting, Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership, remarked that India has a pivotal role in eliminating TB because the country’s progress will drive the world. Informed Ni-kshay data is sophisticated modeling.

An “Accountability Report of TB-affected Communities and Civil Society: Priorities to Close the Deadly Divide” was also launched at the event.

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