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MoU inked for new innovations in fight against TB

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
An international body and a Tata Trusts-backed collaboration have signed an MoU to accelerate the roll-out of new, people-centred innovations in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in India and other countries.
India has set a target for complete elimination of tuberculosis (TB) by 2025, five years ahead of the global target of 2030.
The Stop TB Partnership and the India Health Fund (IHF) signed an MoU during the former's board meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
The MoU will focus on joint advocacy and knowledge-sharing to increase access to healthcare for people affected by the infectious disease in India and other high-burden countries by modernising how and where TB care services are provided,

It will also support start-ups and, small and medium enterprises, from India, developing new, people-centred TB innovations, and identifying public and private sector donors and investors to support the initiatives.
"There is an unbelievable amount of game-changing solutions coming from India, and the Stop TB Partnership strongly believes that we need to do whatever we can to get these innovations to the people who need them, not only in India but to the world," said Lucica Ditiu, executive director, Stop TB Partnership.
The director of the IHF, Manoj Kumar, said: "The vision of a TB-free world by 2030, and India by 2025, is as promising as it is challenging. We need to think bolder, take risks, and invest in disruptive innovations, that can accelerate TB elimination in a non-linear manner. Solutions that are validated and scaled up in India have the potential to catalyse elimination of the disease across the world."

The Stop TB Partnership is an international body which aims to eradicate tuberculosis.
The IHF is a collaborative initiative, seeded by the Tata Trusts, which seeks to eradicate TB by 2025 and malaria by 2030 from India.

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First Published: Jan 31 2019 | 6:10 PM IST

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