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KHPT partners with Central TB Division and USAID to host panel at Union World Conference on Lung Health

NEW DELHI, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), in collaboration with the Central TB Division (CTD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organized a panel discussion on Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) in India on October 23 at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health. The conference is the world's largest gathering of clinicians and public health workers, health programme managers, policymakers, researchers and advocates working to end the suffering caused by lung disease, with a focus specifically on the challenges faced by low-and lower-middle income populations. The conference, which this year highlights the importance of advancing prevention for lung disease, was streamed online due to the pandemic situation.
The panellists included Dr Kuldeep Singh Sachdeva, Deputy Director General- Tuberculosis, CTD; Dr. Reuben Swamickan, Chief of Infectious Diseases Division, USAID/India; Dr Karuna Sagili, Senior Technical Advisor, TB & Communicable Diseases, The Union South East Asia (The Union), India; Mr Dalbir Singh, President, Global Coalition Against TB (GCAT); Mr Mohan HL, Chief Executive Officer, KHPT; and Ms. Sunitha D, a 32-year-old TB survivor from Karnataka. They presented a wide range of issues including the roles of policy and community in addressing LTBI in India, the importance of a community-centred approach, leveraging community networks and policy initiatives to address LTBI.
LTBI occurs when one is infected with TB-causing bacteria, but does not develop the disease. The people who are affected do not show symptoms and cannot spread the disease, but may develop TB if their immune system is weak. Persons with comorbidities such as HIV and diabetes, especially amongst poor, elderly and very young, or people who suffer from malnutrition, are vulnerable to developing TB in this situation. While India carries the highest burden of TB, with 2.4 million notified cases in 2019, nearly 40 percent of the country's population harbours this 'silent infection'. It is therefore important to provide preventive care, especially to the vulnerable populations to ensure that no one is left behind, as India moves towards its goal of eliminating TB by 2025.
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