One person dies of TB in India every single minute. TB is a silent killer that is preventable and curable, if society at large comes together to fight it.
Keeping this in mind, and the urgent need to make affected voices heard from varied groups to fight TB, the coalition of TB people in India – Touched By TB was formed. The first meeting took place on April 13, 2017 in New Delhi at the Regional Capacity Building workshop for TB Survivors organized by REACH.
The participants were from different states who recognized the gap of a national level body and expressed the urgent need and desire to form a national coalition of people who have survived TB. The network decided that in line with the RNTCP commitment, the goal of Touched By TB is “TOWARDS A TB-FREE INDIA”
To meet this goal, following commitments were articulated which will translate into the aims and objectives of the Coalition:
The Coalition has 5 regional focal points:
North East – Mr. Tilak Muntun East – Dr. Santosh Kumar Giri
North – Ms. Mona Balani West – Ms. Prabha Mahesh
South – Mr. Rama Pandian
Any resident of India who has had TB and would like to be part of the efforts to end TB, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the membership.
Blessina Kumar and Dean Lewis