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Tuberculosis?India?s Ticking Time Bomb: The TB Survivors? Manifesto


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AuthorEdited by Chapal Mehra
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2018
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
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?I urge each and every stakeholder connected with TB to read this volume [?] because it represents the most important missing aspect of our work with TB?what patients think and need from us. Until we address this, TB will remain the uncontrollable crisis it has become over these past decades.?
?Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General, WHO

Tuberculosis is one of India?s most significant health challenges, affecting a staggering 2.8 million people. Although treatable, fighting the disease requires regular medication, good nutrition, adequate rest and the strength to deal with an array of debilitating side effects, all of which takes a toll on the time, money and energy of patients, as well as their families and community.

Although the Indian government has recently committed to tackling the growing TB epidemic, the situation on the ground remains grim. Tuberculosis?India?s Ticking Time Bomb is a manifesto by patients, containing detailed guidelines and recommendations on how to improve TB diagnosis, treatment and ways of addressing the stigma around this disease. Each chapter addresses a specific challenge, ranging from the difficulty of diagnosis and increasingly virulent drug-resistance, to how the disease can push patients into poverty. TB survivors also movingly recount their experiences, including their struggles with drug resistance, stigma, poverty and unscrupulous healthcare providers.

This ground-breaking book, with an introduction by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General of WHO in India, offers a crucial new perspective? that of the TB patients and survivors themselves, writing with confidence and the authority borne of experience?on one of the biggest challenges facing India today.

About the author
Chapal Mehra is an independent advocate, public health specialist, and commentator. He is the head of Pi Consulting, an organization working on issues of health, development and human rights. Chapal has worked with the media and civil society to advocate on issues of increased resources for health, particularly TB and HIV, addressing patient and civil society demands and improving access to early diagnosis and appropriate treatment as well as providing economic and social support to patients and their families. He is also an independent commentator and writes for The Hindu, Huffington Post and Indian Express.

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