Challenge TB | Lead Partner: The Union | Country Director: Imron Syed | Technical assistance: KNCV
India has the largest burden of tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis in the world. An estimated 2.79 million people in India become ill with TB every year yet only 1.9 million TB cases are notified.
India has made significant strides towards reducing their TB burden, including a recent campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end TB in India by 2025, a full 5 years before the global end TB Strategy.
Other recent efforts to bridge service gaps have been to engage public and private healthcare providers. In Chennai India, public and private providers used an NGO as interface agency to better leverage private sector engagement in TB care. Supported by a United Way World grant made possible by Eli Lily and Company Foundation (Lilly Foundation) in collaboration with KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation and REACH, a local non-governmental the public-private mix model has proven to be a successful and sustainable approach to TB diagnosis and treatment.
Challenge TB India is a two year USAID funded project primarily designed to implement a Call to Action for TB Free India. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (the Union) is the lead partner and assisted through short-term technical assistance from KNCV. It is implemented under the stewardship of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India.
The goal of Challenge TB India is to create and sustain high-level domestic commitment through mobilization of a wide range of stakeholders to provide a momentum capable of demanding and sustaining high-level domestic commitment to end TB in India. Challenge TB will tap the energy and influence of key stakeholders to drive engagement of the private sector, civil society, media, and public representatives to bring them on a common platform for a call to action to end TB.
The ‘Call to Action’ has kick started and catalyzed the Government of India’s efforts to accelerate TB prevention and care in partnership with all stakeholders. The Call to Action aims to unite existing and new stakeholders in the fight against TB and bring together knowledge, resources and capacity. A key part of the campaign will be to create new partnerships, perhaps sometimes where they are unexpected.