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Speaking at the launch of the `TB Free campaign' by Resource Group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health here, he said the project was financed by the Canadian International Development Agency with technical assistance from the World Health Organisation.
Mr.Gupta said it was established that public-private participation contributed substantially to the overall increase in case detection, patients treated had an acceptable treatment outcome and PPM-DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short course) was affordable and cost-effective in improving control of the disease. India accounted for nearly one-third of the global tuberculosis burden. As tuberculosis, a major silent killer, affected the poor more, its control would be one of the most effective-anti-poverty programmes.
He presented a cheque for Rs.20 lakhs, given by Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), to the Director-Projects, REACH, Nalini Krishnan.
The State Health Secretary, Girija Vaithyanathan, said the private sector played a major part in curative services.
The REACH president, M.S.Swaminathan, said linkage between nutrition and healthcare in the country should be more effective.
Dr. Nalini Krishnan said there was tremendous potential for the private sector to tackle tuberculosis. She said REACH recruited 111 private practitioners, who treated 1,178 patients with the assistance of its ACT project (Advocacy for Control of Tuberculosis). Six major hospitals in the city tied up with the organisation. Nearly 200 community volunteers supported patients by being DOTS providers. Plans were afoot to rope in the Indian Medical Association.
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