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UK Funds For Indian TB Program

by Medindia Content Team on  January 28, 2006 at 5:51 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
UK Funds For Indian TB Program
The UK will contribute US$ 74 million for combating tuberculosis (TB) in India. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also plans to raise its global funding to fight TB to over US$ 900 million by the year 2015. As many as 8 million people across the world get infected by TB every year, and the disease also claims 2 million lives annually.
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The announcement of the two funding commitments follows the UN publication of the 'Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis', which sets out a plan of action to tackle the global tuberculosis epidemic, according to a statement issued by the WHO.

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Despite India's fast expanding tuberculosis control program, every year about 1.8 million people develop the disease, of which about 800,000 are infectious, and until recently, 400,000 died of it - 1,000 every day, according to the country's Health Ministry Data.

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