The India Health Fund – an initiative by Tata Trusts, in collaboration with an international body– Stop TB Partnership, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate the roll-out of new, people-centred innovations in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in India and other countries.
The MoU was signed during the Stop TB Partnership’s board meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. By 2025, India aims to complete elimination of tuberculosis (TB) while the global target is 2030.
The MoU aims to focus on joint advocacy and knowledge-sharing, increase access to healthcare, and modernising how and where TB care services are provided. It also supports start-ups, small and medium enterprises from India, developing new people-centred TB innovations, and identifying public and private sector donors and investors to support the initiatives.
Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of Stop TB Partnership, said “There is an unbelievable amount of game-changing solutions coming from India, and the Stop TB Partnership strongly believes that we need to do whatever we can to get these innovations to the people who need them “.
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“The vision of a TB-free world by 2030, and India by 2025, is as promising as it is challenging. We need to think bolder, take risks, and invest in disruptive innovations, that can accelerate TB elimination in a non-linear manner,” said Manoj Kumar, Director of the IHF.
The Stop TB Partnership is an international body which aims to eradicate tuberculosis. The IHF is a collaborative initiative, seeded by the Tata Trusts, which seeks to eradicate TB by 2025 and malaria by 2030 from India.