Recently, the President of India launched the `Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan’.


About the ‘Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan’

  • Vision —
    • It has been envisioned to bring together all community stakeholders to support those on TB treatment and accelerate the country’s progress towards TB elimination.
    • This is aimed at working towards TB elimination from the country by 2025.
  • Components of the scheme —
    • The Ni-kshay Mitra initiative which forms a vital component of the `Abhiyaan’ is also launched along with the Abhiyaan.
    • This portal provides a platform for donors to provide various forms of support to those undergoing TB treatment.
    • The three-pronged support includes —
        • Nutritional,
        • Additional diagnostic, and
        • Vocational support.
  • Adoption Provision for Corporates and NGOs —
    • Under the scheme, individuals, NGOs and corporates can adopt TB patients by committing support for 1-3 years.
    • To join the initiative, they have to register on the site, which has an anonymous list of TB patients, categorised according to the primary health centres, blocks, districts and states.
    • The sponsors can select the number of patients as per their capacity.


Stop TB Partnership Board

  • It was established in the year 2000.
  • The aim is to eliminate Tuberculosis as a public health problem.
  • The organisation was conceived following the meeting of the First Session of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Tuberculosis Epidemic held in London in March 1998.
  • In 1998, through the Amsterdam Declaration, it gave a call for collaborative action from 20 countries that bear the highest burden of TB.
  • It has 1500 partner organisation and its secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has been appointed Chairman of the Stop TB Partnership Board. The Minister will serve a three year term, commencing July 2021.