TB is India's silent killer. It kills close to a 1,000 Indians everyday and over 3,00,000 every year.The cost of TB in India stand at a whopping $23.7 billion annually.
India has close to 100,000 cases of multi drug resistant TB which is hard to diagnose and treat. Most TB patients seek care in the private sector where they often o not get accurate diagnosis and treatment.
TB devastates families and communities pushing them into poverty .Large urban settings in India act as tinderbox's for TB transmission with overcrowding poor nutrition and pollution.
TB in children is hard to diagnose. TB affects women leading to discrimination, abandonment and loss of social status.
India has the highest TB burden in the world - with over 2.3 million new cases each year.
Many believe that India has close to a million missing TB patients-undocumented and possibly untreated.