Madhukar Pai

Tuberculosis control in India — time to think beyond DOTS

World TB Day is a good time to take stock of progress in global TB control. Unfortunately, TB continues to be major public health threat, with an estimated 8.7 million new cases per year, and an estimated 1.4 million deaths from TB. Early case detection and rapid treatment continues to remain the cornerstone of TB control strategy. With the incidence of TB declining very slowly, it is now obvious that TB cannot be eliminated by 2050.

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