NEW DELHI :
India is prioritizing resource allocations for Tuberculosis with more than $2 billion, being invested in the implementation of the National Strategic Plan to End TB 2017-2025, union minister of health and family welfare, J.P. Nadda said on Thursday.
He was speaking at the inauguration of ‘India Showcase Event’ as part of the preparatory meeting of the sixth global fund replenishment. “This resource allocation for TB is separate from the additional amount of $100 million, being invested for nutritional support to TB patients under the Nikshay Poshan Yojna. The country is galvanizing all efforts to End TB by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Targets (SDG) target," Nadda said.
The health minister said that the ministry is working to ensure smooth and sustained coordination among different departments and ministries to ensure a convergence of efforts to End TB by 2025. “This inter-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach has already demonstrated positive results on TB notifications in several states," he said.
The health minister also said India aims to increase its overall health allocations to 2.5% of its GDP as enunciated in the National Health Policy, 2017. He highlighted the initiatives and achievements of the government in HIV/AIDS and Malaria. India has launched the National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), 2017-24. “By 2024, the target is to ensure that 95% of HIV positive people in the country know their status, 95% of those who know their status are on treatment and 95% of those who are on treatment experience effective viral load suppression. Steps have been taken to ensure that there is no shortage of funds, drugs and testing kits," Nadda said.
India is in a sustained partnership with the global fund to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) since 2002 as recipient as well as donor. The global fund support has been instrumental in attaining targets related to HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria reduction and escalating the fight against these three diseases. The global fund raises funds in multi-year cycles known as Replenishments and is preparing for sixth voluntary replenishment conference to mobilize needed resources to scale up life-saving programs over 2020-22.
A high level preparatory meeting for the sixth replenishment conference of the global fund is being hosted by India on 7th -8th February, 2019 in New Delhi. The preparatory meeting will set the stage for the global fund to launch its investment case for its sixth replenishment conference and its fund mobilization campaign.
India is the first implementing country to host a replenishment milestone, which presents an unprecedented and unique opportunity to highlight India’s role and political leadership in global health, as well as its strong commitment to achieve SDG3.
The ministry of health and family welfare is organizing “India Showcase" to highlight India’s global footprint in the field of innovation and technology to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and its increased ownership of the national response and its growing role in development.