India is home to over one-fourth of TB patients globally and has a growing population of drug-resistant TB cases that are hard to diagnose and harder to treat. Yet, ironically, we are credited with designing, implementing and launching one of the world's largest TB control programmes. A strange contradiction that belies our inability, lack of innovative thinking, and insufficient attention and resources to TB.
Each year an estimated 86 lakh tuberculosis (TB) cases are reported worldwide. India accounts for nearly one-fourth of the global TB burden, recording approximately 23 lakh new cases annually and nearly 1,000 TB deaths every day.