Updated on 5 September 2012
Coming crucially before the country goes into the next phase of programme implementation, the JMM visited field sites and held extensive consultations with various stakeholders to review the progress, challenges and plans for TB control efforts of India. It brought together national experts, affiliated Departments from the MoHFW, civil society, implementing partners, technical and developmental agencies to discuss key challenges, opportunities and recommendations towards achieving universal access towards TB care.
As per the information provided by the health ministry, the RNTCP has examined more than 36 million persons and treated more than 7.5 million TB patients, saving more than a million lives over the last five years. Also, significant political and administrative commitment has been demonstrated by increases in the TB budget, ban on inaccurate serological tests for TB, a national mandatory TB notification and the initiation of a national web-based patient tracking system.