10 Things Helping the Battle Against Tuberculosis


The current administration has recognised that the highest incidence of tuberculosis (TB) is in India. As a result, it has been constantly revising its strategy and targets.

The Prime Minister’s vision to eradicate TB by 2025 has galvanised efforts and strengthened those fighting TB. With the ongoing Delhi #EndTB Summit at Vigyan Bhawan, let us take a look at some major achievements so far.


  • The National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination (2017-25) was launched with the aim to eliminate TB by 2025


  • Under the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), patients were being administered drugs thrice a week. Since October 2017, patients have access to a Daily Regimen of Fixed Dose Combination Drugs


  • Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) medicines are available free of cost in the daily dose for all TB patients under the RNTCP


  • E-Nikshay, launched by National Informatics Centre (NIC) for monitoring TB patients, facilitates real-time tracking of patient’s eligibility for Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) and ensures quick activation of DBT linkages to patient accounts. Payments are done via the Public Financial Management System (PFMS).


  • 3 lakh private health facilities registered through NIKSHAY and 3.8 lakh TB patients notified from private sector in 2017


  • Active Case Finding was implemented in two phases covering 257 districts. About 2.98 crore of the vulnerable population was screened for TB and 15,397 TB cases were detected. The third phase, covering an additional 183 districts, was initiated in December 2017.


  • Newer drugs like Bedaquiline and Delamanid were introduced in 7 States/ UTs


  • Allocation of additional funds to provide Rs 500 per month for nutritional support to all TB patients for the duration of treatment.


  • Free drugs and diagnosis are provided for private-sector TB patients too


  • Universal Drug Susceptibility Test: Testing drug resistance in all diagnosed TB patients for appropriate treatment