- India has signed a Loan Agreement worth US$ 400 Million with the World Bank to help treat and Eliminate Tuberculosis from India.The program will cover nine states in the country.
- The World Bank supported program will support the government’s National Strategic Plan to end TB in India by 2025.
- It will do so by helping to improve and strengthen diagnostics and management of drug-resistant tuberculosis and increase the capacity of public institutions engaged in monitoring and treating TB in the country.
- The loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development(IBRD) has a 19-year maturity which includes a 5-year grace period.
- The program will provide financial incentives to private sector care providers for reporting cases of TB and ensuring that their patients complete the treatment regimen.
- It will also provide Direct Benefit Transfers to patients for acquiring the critical nutrition needed during treatment.
- The Program will even help the government strengthen the monitoring and implementation of Nikshay which is a web-based TB case monitoring system introduced by the government.
- National Strategic Plan (NSP),2017-2025 is a framework to provide guidance for the activities of various stakeholders to reduce the burden of TB mortality and morbidity.It aims to work towards the elimination of TB in India by 2025.
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