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Delhi TB Summit: WHO

Delhi TB Summit: WHO

Member countries of WHO South East Asia Region on 14March have committed to further efforts to ensure rapid and concrete progress to End TB by 20130.

Major points:

  • South East Asia is home to 25% of the world population.
  • This region is also the 46% of the TB burden.
  • The Member countries of the Region stressed their firm intent to collectively reach out to 2 million missing TB cases and 150 000 multidrug-resistance cases by 2020 and implement a response that is demonstrably adequate for ending TB.

It was hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and WHO at Delhi.

Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the event.

TB in South East Asia

  • A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs.
  • According to WHO: One-third of the world’s burden of tuberculosis (TB), or about 4.9 million prevalent cases, is found in the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region. The disease, which is most common among people in their productive years has a huge economic impact. For instance, in 2006, TB caused India to lose an estimated 23.7 billion United States dollars.

Kochon Prize

The 2017 Kochon Prize was awarded to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in New Delhi for building a tradition of excellence in TB research and development.

The $65,000 Prize is awarded annually by Stop TB Partnership to individuals and/or organizations that have made a significant contribution to combating TB. The ICMR emerged the winner from amongst 18 nominations.

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