India TB Recovery Plan To Mitigate The Impact Of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on the global tuberculosis (TB) response, threatening to erase years of progress. In India, there was a 26 percent decline in TB case notifications and a 25 percent decline in drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) case notifications in 2020, compared to 2019. There was an additional 8 percent drop in TB notifications in March 2021, compared to January 2021, as the country entered a severe wave of renewed COVID-19 infections. To address these concerning declines, USAID developed this TB Recovery Plan in support of the National TB Elimination Program’s (NTEP) larger efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the country’s TB response. Table 1 below provides detail on the interventions that USAID will support to address TB setbacks and further make progress towards the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB (UNHLM) targets. USAID is dedicating more than $20,000,000 in assistance towards the recovery plan activities described below. This is expected to restore 2021 TB and DR-TB case notifications back to 2019 levels. These activities were planned in coordination with and are complementary to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s recovery efforts.

Date 
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 12:45pm

Last updated: August 12, 2021