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Global fund TB project in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, NOV 24:
Published on 25 Nov. 2010 12:00 AM IST
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In a bid to combat Tuberculosis (TB), the Global fund Tuberculosis project has been launched today in Meghalaya for providing access to drug resistant TB care and control services.
The Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) will implement the project in collaboration with of Presbyterian Church and the Baptist Church to tackle the disease across the seven district of the state.
CMAI is one of the sub-recipients along with eight other organisations for the Global Fund Round 9’s Programme which addresses Goal 6 of the Millenium Development Goals of the United Nations.
The project aims at to address other challenges in the implementation of the country’s Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) through civil society support, Meghalaya’s Director for Health Services, AS Kynjing said.
The objective of the programme was to improve reach, visibility and effectiveness of RNTCP through civil society support in 374 districts across 23 states in India by 2015 by engaging communities and community-based care providers to improve TB care and control.
Kynjing, who formally launched the Global fund Tuberculosis Project here yesterday assured all out support to CMAI in its activities and admitted that TB though a curable disease was however a challenge to the state.
He also informed that the detection rate stood at 70 % and the cure rate at 85 %.
Kynjing also released the ‘patient’s charter’ outlining the rights and responsibilities of people with tuberculosis and makes the relationship with health care providers.
State TB officer J Nongrum informed that 1682 TB cases were detected in the state but no specific survey has been conducted to detect the number of TB infected people in the coal belt areas of the state like Jaintia hills and other districts.
She also anticipated that the rate of TB is quite high in coal best areas including Jaintia hills and that the default rate is also high because of migration.

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