Gist of Editorials: Anchored in Human Rights (The Hindu) | GS – II

Decades of global neglect have resulted in tuberculosis (TB) becoming the leading cause of adult deaths in most of the global south — it kills nearly two million people a year. This is shocking given that TB is curable and preventable.

Relevance : GS Paper II (Indian Economy)

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  • TB has become one of the leading cause of adult deaths although it is curable and preventable.
  • Signs of change
    • Use of microchips to track patients
    • short course (DOTS) strategy, which requires reporting every day to a health authority
    • use of tablets, phones and drones for surveillance of TB patients.
  • Way forward
    • availability of affordable generics of bedaquiline and delamanid.
    • Deployment of trained community health-care workers in sufficient numbers
    • Community-based structures to ensure accountability and foster partnership
    • Participation of grassroots civil society
  • We can only beat TB using a human rights approach which does not control people with TB, rather treat them as partners.

 

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