Big B, Ratan Tata Join Hands for TB- Free India

Friday, September 11, 2015

"If this disease can happen to me, it can happen to anyone", says Mr. Bachchan who himself was a victim of TB in the year 2000.

The United States Ambassador to India, Richard Varma on Thursday launched the 'Mumbai Dialogue: Towards a TB-free India' along with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts.

Aiming to engage the corporate sector to further strengthen the Government of India's 'Call to Action for a tuberculosis free India,' a group of corporate leaders joined the trio for a dialogue to engage this sector directly in effort to eradicate TB.

TB has been one of the deadliest diseases in India. As per the figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) global TB report 2014, around 2.40 lakh Indians die every year and 61,000 suffer from multidrug resistant TB.

"United States has invested close to $100 million in last 18 years to prevent and control TB. It has helped over 15 million people. But still a lot needs to be done and only government alone cannot do it as it needs multi-sectoral approach, in which public and private partners need to collaborate," said Mr. Varma.


Source: The Hindu (link opens in a new window)

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