Ministry of health and family welfare has exchanged memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the ministry of AYUSH, ministry of defence and ministry of railways to strengthen inter-ministerial coordination and efforts towards achieving a tuberculosis-free India by 2025.
The government has committed to end TB by the year 2025, five years ahead of the global target.
“I am sure that an integrated and multi-sectoral approach will galvanize support and commitment from key stakeholders and seek their contribution towards India’s aim of a TB-Free 2025,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.
‘Multisectoral action’ is one of the key strategies that make a strong case for transforming India’s TB elimination efforts from a siloed health sector response to a holistic approach. Citing the example of polio to highlight the multi-sectoral approach, the union health minister stated that TB is not only a medical problem, it has social dimensions and needs to be addressed through a multi-sectoral approach.
The aim of the inter-ministerial coordination is to reach key populations served by various ministries such as workers, miners, migrants, tribal populations, women and children etc, and develop a social movement for a collective effort to create a ‘Jan Andolan’ by every section of the society for ending TB in India.
The MoU will enhance awareness generation and sensitisation among various communities, including AYUSH service providers, about RNTCP guidelines, TB diagnosis and treatment and recent policy changes and initiatives, Shripad Yesso Naik, union minister of state for AYUSH (I/C) and minister of state for defence said in a statement.