India ‘Has Potential To Make Great Progress’ Toward Global TB Elimination

Huffington Post: TB Elimination: India can Lead the Way
Madhukar Pai, associate professor and director of global health programs at McGill University, and Barry R. Bloom, professor and former dean of Harvard School of Public Health

“As the Prime Minister of India speaks to the U.S. Congress this week, a neglected epidemic threatens India’s progress. It’s not Ebola or Zika — but rather tuberculosis, an ancient disease that silently kills one Indian every 90 seconds. … One-quarter of the world’s TB cases are in India. So, global TB elimination is an impossible goal without significant progress in this emerging superpower. With its strong research expertise in TB, and technological and pharmaceutical capacity, India has the potential to make great progress against this disease. And with strong financial and political commitment from Prime Minister Modi, engagement of both public and private sectors, and continued engagement with the U.S. and other partners, India can not only beat TB, but lead the world in our quest to end the TB epidemic” (6/8).