The US and India have formed an alliance comprising leading experts in public and private sectors to combat the menace of tuberculosis, an American official said.
US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green announced the formation of ‘USAID-India End TB Alliance’ at an event in New York in presence of Union Health Minister J P Nadda.
Alliance members include industry and civil society leaders, academics, scientists, innovators, investors, and members of the diaspora.
Two alliance members – Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of the World Health Organisation, and Blessina Kumar from the Global Coalition of TB Activists – were present during the announcement.
India accounts for 27 percent of the world’s TB cases, with 421,000 deaths per year, Green said.
That’s one person dying every minute, he added.
USAID is making an initial USD 30 million commitment, subject to the approval of the US Congress, Green said.