Chennai, March 24, 2018: March 24 has been designated by the UN as the World Tuberculosis Day. It was on this day in 1882 that Dr Robert Koch announced the discovery of the bacterium that causes TB. Unfortunately TB continues to be one of the serious diseases and the emergence of multi-drug resistant TB strains has added to the problem. The theme for today is Wanted leaders for a TB Free World. In this context, it is worthy to remember that TB is one of the diseases where case detection and case retention become very important in addition to multi-drug therapy. As advocated by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, DDG, WHO we should promote the adoption of a food cum drug approach rather than just a drug approach. Most of the TB patients are poor and they need adequate nutrition. This is one more example of the need to link agriculture, nutrition and health. This will help to mobilise public understanding and public cooperation in achieving the Goal of a TB free India.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.