MoU Signed between Ministry of Health and Ministry of AYUSH for ‘Tuberculosis Free India’ initiative

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  1. Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare have signed MoU to establish inter-sectorial convergence to eliminate tuberculosis in India by 2025.
  2. The collaboration aims at development of linkages and integration of TB care services within the infrastructure and institutional network of AYUSH
  3. The Indian government has had put forward National Strategic Plan (NSP) for TB Elimination, 2017-2025. The plan is a framework to provide guidance for the activities of various stakeholders to reduce the burden of TB mortality and morbidity.
  4. In 2018, the government launched the TB Free India campaign to take activities under NSP for TB Elimination. The campaign seeks to eliminate TB in India by 2025- 5 years ahead of the Sustainable Development Targets (SDG 3.3) which sets the goal to 2030.
  5. TB is an infectious airborne bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.