The state joins hands with AAPI and USAID to end TB in India

AAPI and USAID will work together and utilise the 1,00,000-strong network of physicians of Indian origin residing in the United States to support health programmes in India

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In a bid to end tuberculosis (TB), the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have come together to launch their first pilot project in the first four cities i.e. Mumbai, Indore, Rajkot and Chennai on Thursday. 

Under the memorandum of understanding, the state, AAPI and USAID will work together and utilise the 1,00,000-strong network of physicians (Indian origin) residing in the United States to support health programmes in India. Along with this, they will also help in detection and treatment of TB, will engage AAPI’s network of private charitable clinics for TB awareness, and will try collaborating U.S. and Indian medical schools to exchange healthcare solutions.

In order to reach out to people living in remote villages, volunteers of AAPI will visit houses where they will conduct health check-ups. Every day, volunteers will visit 20-40 houses and will ask people about the symptoms and if people are detected positive, then they will be sent to district level hospitals for further treatment.

If we want to make India free from TB, then all should lend support. People should change their outlook as 10 lakh TB cases have not been registered yet. People are scared and hence, they don't come ahead, even if they suffer from TB symptoms,” Dr. Narendra Saini, former secretary, Indian Medical Association.

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