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"USAID-India End TB Alliance" to eliminate TB announced

United States and India have formed "USAID-India End TB Alliance" comprising leading experts in public and private sectors to combat the menace of tuberculosis.
"USAID-India End TB Alliance" to eliminate TB announced
  • It was announced by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green at event in New York in presence of Union Health Minister J P Nadda.

About the "USAID-India End TB Alliance":

  • The alliance members include industry and civil society leaders, academics, scientists, innovators, investors, and members of the diaspora.
  • The experts in the alliance will offer innovative approaches to combat tuberculosis in India.
  • Its two members include Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of World Health Organisation (WHO) and Blessina Kumar from Global Coalition of TB Activists. 
  • USAID will make an initial US $30 million commitment, subject to approval of the US Congress.

About Tuberculosis (TB):

  • TB is a disease caused by the bacteria "Mycobacterium tuberculosis" that most often affect the lungs.
  • It spreads from person to person through the air. 
  • It commonly affects lungs but can also affect other parts of the body.
  • It is the second biggest killer disease worldwide next only to HIV/AIDS.
  • India accounts for about a quarter of the global TB burden. 
  • Worldwide India is the country with the highest burden of both TB and MDR (Multi-drug resistant) TB. 
  • It accounts for 27% of the world's TB cases, with 421,000 deaths per year i.e. one TB related death every minute.
  • In March 2017, Government had set an aim of elimination of TB in India by 2025.

Question:

Q. United States and India have formed which alliance comprising leading experts in public and private sectors to combat the menace of tuberculosis?
a. US-India End TB Alliance
b. USHELP-India End TB Alliance
c. USAID-India End TB Allianced. None of the above
"USAID-India End TB Alliance" to eliminate TB announced "USAID-India End TB Alliance" to eliminate TB announced Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on September 30, 2018 Rating: 5

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