"Awareness starts with you"
In every poverty stricken community, the stakes are high for the poorest families particularly women and girls. It is always the most vulnerable among us who has the most to lose. Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the deadliest chronic diseases in the world. The burden of TB is still at all time high in India. In 2017 alone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that almost over 2 million cases of TB were recorded. Of the 500 000 people who lost their lives, among them are people living with HIV/AIDS and young children. Given the seriousness of TB burden in India, we remain steadfast in our quest to build better and healthier TB free prosperous communities.
9 million people
worldwide develop the TB every year
of the worldwide cases of people developing TB are recorded in India
3 million people
out of the 9 million receive the care they nee
Fighting TB is more than a necessity, it is an emergency. TB is not just a medical issue, it is - more than anything - a social one. Because being infected is synonym of stigmatization and social exclusion, people are afraid to get tested. And when they do, they can’t speak about it with their surrounding community. This has two consequences: infected people continue spreading TB among them, and have a poor treatment compliance, which leads to multi-drug resistant TB. The government has given free access to diagnoses and treatments, but this is not enough. We need to change the mentalities and the social representations to really put an end to this epidemic.
Rainbow TB Forum
Rainbow TB Forum and Blossom Trust NGO support TB control activities, including the education, prevention, and treatment of TB,
as well as undertaking lobbying and advocacy.