Each year, the world commemorates March 24 as the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch, a German physician, announced the discovery of the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way to diagnosing and curing this disease.

This year, the chosen theme for the World TB Day was ‘It’s time’. A time for action, a time to end TB! Humana People to People India (HPPI) observed World TB Day in its Homeless Resource and Service Centres and organised awareness events across Delhi. The event included awareness rallies and a captivating street play that explained the symptoms of TB and how one can get tested and ways to prevent a patient from infecting others. The participants were also given informative hand-outs which proved very helpful for them.

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Apart from inmates of the homeless shelter, there were participants from Pili Koti Chest Clinic, Delhi TB Association and the organisation Aman Biradari which are all key networking partners for HPPI’s TB testing, treatment and long-time care.

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TB places its heaviest burden on the world’s most poor and India is the highest Tuberculosis burden country with an estimated 2.2 million cases out of a global incidence of 9.6 million cases. Due to TB, people face costs or suffer income loss equivalent on average to more than 50 percent of their income. HPPI works with TB as an integrated component of several health and community projects as well as through targeted intervention. HPPI’s TB action team finds more than 12 new TB patients every month who are linked to appropriate testing, treatment and follow up, till they have completed their treatment.

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Humana People to People India is a development organization registered as a not-for-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 as of 21st May 1998. It is a non-political, non-religious organization. Its mission is to unite with people in India in order to create development in the broadest sense through the implementation of the projects that aim at transferring knowledge, skills and capacity to individuals and communities who need assistance to come out of poverty and other dehumanizing conditions.

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