Estimates of TB Burden in India1
The economic burden of TB on India is huge and is a great loss in
terms of lives, money and workdays.
170 Million – Workdays are lost annually in India to the disease.
~40% – Population in the country is infected with the TB bacilli.
~10% – Of the above 40% will develop TB disease during their lifetime.
13,000 Crores – The annual economic cost of TB to the Indian economy.
- Poor access to primary health
- Lack of health infrastructure in rural areas
- Rapid unplanned urbanization
- Poor airborne infection control
- Poor nutrition
- Tobacco use
- Inadequate healthcare systems
- Lack of access to tuberculosis treatment centers in remote, unreached areas
India also has more than a million “missing” cases every year that are not notified.
A recent analysis of the cascade of TB care in India reported that of the 2.7 million cases presented to government TB diagnostic services:
- 27% did not have access to diagnostics services.
- 28% did not seek care in the public sector –
These thought to account for much of the missing TB cases in India.
- Only 45% of estimated TB cases completed the course of treatment.
1. WHO TB Report 2018
2. Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci 2006; 48: 245-247
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