WHO endorses indigenous molecular diagnostic tool for tuberculosis diagnosis

News:The World Health Organisation(WHO) has endorsed TrueNat which is an indigenous molecular diagnostic tool for tuberculosis(TB) diagnosis. Facts: About TrueNat: The TrueNat is a new molecular test that can diagnose TB in one hour as well as testing for resistance to the drug rifampicin. The test has been developed by the Indian firm MolBio Diagnostics… Continue reading WHO endorses indigenous molecular diagnostic tool for tuberculosis diagnosis

Global Fund raises $13.92 billion to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

News:French President has said that the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria(GFATM) has raised at least USD 13.92 billion for the next three years. Facts: About GFATM: The Global Fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria(GFATM) is an international financial organization. It aims to attract, leverage and invest additional resources to… Continue reading Global Fund raises $13.92 billion to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

Health Ministry explores AI for combating tuberculosis

The Central tuberculosis(TB) Division of the health ministry has signed an MoU with the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence to explore the application of Artificial Intelligence(AI) technology in its fight against the TB disease. The areas that AI based applications can support are in vulnerability and hot-spot mapping, modelling novel methods of screening and diagnostics… Continue reading Health Ministry explores AI for combating tuberculosis

Govt rolls out scheme to screen all children below 18 for leprosy, TB

The Union government has rolled out a programme for universal screening of children below 18 years for leprosy and tuberculosis(TB). An estimated 25 crore children and adolescents will be annually screened for the diseases and put on treatment if required. Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram(RBSK) Mobile Health teams will be implementing the scheme.They will perform the… Continue reading Govt rolls out scheme to screen all children below 18 for leprosy, TB

FDA approves new oral three-drug regimen for extensively drug-resistant TB

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new oral three-drug regimen for the extensively-drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). The treatment involves Pretomanid tablets in combination with bedaquiline and linezolid, collectively referred to as the BPaL regimen. It has an efficacy rate of 90%. Pretomanid was developed by TB Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation. Tuberculosis (TB)… Continue reading FDA approves new oral three-drug regimen for extensively drug-resistant TB

Explained: What’s at stake in India’s biggest ever trial of tuberculosis vaccines

Recently,the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has launched India’s first large-scale trial for two new tuberculosis(TB) vaccines. The two vaccines being tested in the trial are (a)Immuvac which is also known as mycobacterium indicus pranii or MIP and (b)VPM1002. Currently,Bacille Calmette-Guerin(BCG) vaccine is used in the routine Expanded Programme of Immunisation(EPI) in countries across the… Continue reading Explained: What’s at stake in India’s biggest ever trial of tuberculosis vaccines

MoU Signed between Ministry of Health and Ministry of AYUSH for ‘Tuberculosis Free India’ initiative

Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare have signed MoU to establish inter-sectorial convergence to eliminate tuberculosis in India by 2025. The collaboration aims at development of linkages and integration of TB care services within the infrastructure and institutional network of AYUSH The Indian government has had put forward National Strategic Plan… Continue reading MoU Signed between Ministry of Health and Ministry of AYUSH for ‘Tuberculosis Free India’ initiative

India’s Agreement with the World Bank to Eliminate TB

India has signed a Loan Agreement worth US$ 400 Million with the World Bank to help treat and Eliminate Tuberculosis from India.The program will cover nine states in the country. The World Bank supported program will support the government’s National Strategic Plan to end TB in India by 2025. It will do so by helping… Continue reading India’s Agreement with the World Bank to Eliminate TB

Health Ministry commemorates World TB Day

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India recently commemorated the World TB Day with a function to mark the occasion. World TB Day is observed every year on March 24. World TB Day commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is the bacteria… Continue reading Health Ministry commemorates World TB Day

Integrate TB services with primary health system: Lancet

According to the report in British medical journal Lancet,tuberculosis-free world is possible only by 2045 and not 2030,the target year set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end the epidemic. Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria. The report also says that India’s goal to end… Continue reading Integrate TB services with primary health system: Lancet