Blessina Kumar

Blessina Kumar's speech at the 5th Global Forum on TB Vaccines

Blessina Kumar's speech on behalf of the TB community delivered at the 5th Global Forum on TB Vaccines, New Delhi, India, 20 February 2018.

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Blessina Kumar's talk at the Global Ministerial Conference on TB

Blessina Kumar's talk on behalf of the TB community delivered at the Global Ministerial Conference on TB, Moscow, Russia, 16 November 2017.

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India: Drug-resistant TB and a promising drug

World TB Day commemoration events for 2016 have just concluded. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that bedaquiline, the first new TB drug in over 40 years, will be now available in India. It had been given accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2012. Announcing its availability, the Ministry indicated it would be available only at six sites; in the first lot, only 600 doses will come.

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Changing the status quo: investing in communities to beat TB

We need support to train, equip and empower civil society leaders to form a movement that stretches both within and beyond national borders.

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India first ever TB demonstration

Civil society demands transparency and uninterrupted supply of TB medicines.

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Open letter to Indian Prime Minister: Stop the TB drug stockouts

Patients, TB organisations, treatment providers, medical practitioners, health NGOs, public interest groups, and treatment activists urge the Indian Prime Minister to take immediate steps to urgently address the issues of drug stockouts in India's TB programme.

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