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Friday, 16 November 2018

Would India be able to eradicate TB and Malaria?

Introduction: - 4 innovators selected for early detection of TB, malaria.
The India Health Fund, a collaborative initiative led by the Tata Trusts, endeavours to leverage the power of collective impact to eradicate Tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 and Malaria by 2030 from India. India contributes to 27% of the global TB burden and 68% of all malaria cases in the Southeast Asia region.
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The Tata Trusts partners Indian philanthropists and international and local donor agencies to support innovations and technologies designed to combat TB and Malaria. India health fund supplements and augments government of India’s effort to fight the epidemics.

India's health fund incorporated as a confluence for health action and transformation foundation is a section 8 company registered under the Companies Act 2013.
It is seeded by Tata Trusts with strategic support from the Global Fund.

What is the aim?
The aim for selecting these innovators aims to leverage technology for improving early detection and prompt treatment alone with promoting diagnostics feasible for primary health care facilities. It also aims to support national efforts to effectively tackle eradicate these diseases which are crucial health challenges in India.

Why TB and Malaria?
TB and malaria, together, account for over 4.23 lakh (0.42 million) death annually in India alone. With over 8.5 million TB patients, the country accounts for 25% of the global TB burden. In 2016, a staggering 1.9 million TB cases were reported including 0.8 million new infectious cases. The economic cost of TB to the Indian economy has been pegged at US3$ billion it means over 13,000 crore rupees annually.

Malaria results in high morbidity, mortality and economic loss each year. About 95% of India’s population resides in malaria-endemic areas. 1.12 million Malaria cases were reported in India in 2016, according to the vector-borne disease control program. The socio-economic burden due to malaria is pegged at around 1.94$ billion means over 11,640 crore rupees annually.
What will be the objectives?
1 – Mobilize and invest up to USD150 million over 5 years in scaling up high impact innovations in India.
2- Promote and catalyze validate cutting-edge innovations that help in effective management of TB and malaria.
3- Build a network of stakeholders, compromising the government, corporations, and foundations to boost the pool of resources, unlock opportunities and ideate for impact.
4- Leverage the core capacities of the private sector to support strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of health programmes.
5- Exchange best practices and infuse innovations in India and across the globe.
6- Create a sustainable self-supporting operational model to sustain and scale intervention in TB and malaria.

Indian Health Fund
Indian Health Fund was launched in 2016 by Tata Trusts in collaboration with the Global Fund, to drive innovations towards key infectious disease challenges in India. It supports individual and organizations with already germinated innovative strategies, services, products, such that they become sustainable and scalable solutions in addressing TB and malaria. The initiative is not a fellowship programme to do research from scratch. It is a long-term exercise aligned with the country’s goal of eliminating TB and malaria as soon as possible. It will also promote innovative solutions such that they are widely accessible and are affordable.

Global fund
It was founded in 2002, the global fund is a 21st- century partnership designed to promote innovative solutions to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

Tata Trusts
India’s oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organizations. The trusts have made a significant difference to communities for over a century through their grant-making, direct implementation and co-partnership strategies.