India among other countries in the South East Asian Region, which bear half of the global tuberculosis burden, has signed a 'call for action' and pledged to scale up measures to end the disease by 2030. India reports 2.8 million new TB cases annually and nearly half a million deaths due to the disease. "Health ministers from countries in WHO South-East Asia Region, which bear half the global TB burden and WHO signed a 'Call for Action' for ending TB comprehensive measures to achieve the global target to end the disease by 2030," Six of the region's countries –- Bangladesh, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand are among the 30 high TB burden nations globally..
WHO's South-East Asia Region comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste.
Tb- tuberculosis Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Micro bacterium tuberculosis (MTB). This disease generally affects the lungs.
India represents the single highest number of TB cases in the world.
The global targets seek to reduce TB mortality by 90 per cent and incidence by 80 per cent by 2030.