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Save the Children is among the many individuals, corporates and organisations who have signed up for the 'Ni-kshay (End-TB) Mitra' programme – the government's initiative to rope in community support for the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan.

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Adopt a TB patient and make a difference: Govt asks citizens to lend hand

Save the Children is among the many individuals, corporates and organisations who have signed up for the 'Ni-kshay (End-TB) Mitra' programme – the government's initiative to rope in community support for the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan.











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New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2022 10:43:13 am



































The programme is aimed at eliminating TB by 2025. India detects 20-25 lakh TB cases every year, and nearly 4 lakh die of it. At present, 13.5 lakh are undergoing TB treatment, of whom over 9 lakh have consented to being “adopted” under the initiative.WHEN HE was younger, Vikas Kaushal, 39, who heads the health division at Save the Children, experienced the stigma attached with tuberculosis first-hand, when his father was diagnosed with ocular (eye) TB.

“He was undergoing treatment, but we didn’t tell anyone for fear of what people in the mohalla would say,” he recalled.

Save the Children is among the many individuals, corporates and organisations who have signed up for the ‘Ni-kshay (End-TB) Mitra’ programme – the government’s initiative to rope in community support for the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan.

Kaushal said the organisation has adopted 145 children in Gurugram. “If everyone starts supporting TB patients and gets involved, it will help reduce the stigma,” he said.

He said they first started supporting children affected with TB in Uttar Pradesh, and then joined the initiative in Gurugram too. The programme is in line with the organisation’s aim to stop deaths in children due to preventable causes by 2030, he said.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/adopt-a-tb-patient-and-make-a-difference-govt-asks-citizens-to-lend-hand-8157492/


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