About the Repository

This is an Open Access Repository of publications of researchers of the National Tuberculosis Institute (NTI) - Bangalore, National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis - Chennai, LRS Institute of TB and Respiratory Diseases - Delhi, New Delhi TB Centre - Delhi, State TB Demonstration and Training Centre and research conducted under the National / Zonal / State Task force mechanism.

The portal is the result of an endeavour undertaken under the TB-Net project, with support from Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

It attempts to collect, preserve and disseminate the intellectual output of these Institutes available in peer-reviewed journals. Thanks for using the repository!

TB was declared as a global health emergency in 1993. In the same year, India established the RNTCP as a small pilot project. This project was scaled up nationwide between 1998 - 2006. The overall vision of RNTCP is "A TB free India" - a situation in which TB is no longer a major public health problem. Over the last 15 years, RNTCP became one of India's largest and greatest public health achievements. By 2006, decentralized basic TB control services had been established nation wide. In 2006-11, in its second phase RNTCP sought to improve the quality and reach of services, and reach global case detection and cure targets. These targets were achieved by 2007-08, and from 2006-10 alone more than 27 million chest symptomatic have been examined and 6 million treated. There is a compelling evidence that the tide has turned for TB. The burden of TB has begun to fall and there are now fewer TB related deaths each year than the year before.

Despite these achievements undiagnosed and mistreated cases continue to drive the epidemic such that TB remains an enormous public health problem for India. Nearly 165 deaths per day is attributed to TB. Nearly 1 in 6 deaths among adults aged 15 to 49 are due to TB. More adult women die of TB every year than from peri-partum complications or HIV/ AIDS. TB remains the leading cause of illness and death among persons living with HIV / AIDS. Nearly 64,000 cases of multi drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) are estimated to occur in the country every year. Mostly attributable to prior inadequate treatment, and each MDR TB case cost more that Rs.1 lakh to diagnose and treat. TB effects anyone but predominantly, the poor and the marginalized perpetuating poverty through health and economic shocks to families least able to cope.

The current emphasis is to achieve the goal of Universal Access to quality TB diagnosis and treatment for all TB patients in the community. This entails sustaining the achievements till date, finding unreached TB cases before they can transmit infection, and treating all of them more effectively, preventing the emergence of MDR-TB.

These realities pose challenges to researchers to find effective control mechanism strategies. Hence this portal would facilitate as a repository of TB related research already conducted and pave way for future optimized research work to be undertaken.

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