Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The New Sanatorium

In 1940, the New Delhi Tuberculosis Centre in India was developed to prevent, control, and treat cases of tuberculosis. The plan for the centre was to try domiciliary treatment, which has come to replace treatment provided by sanatoriums. Assisted by WHO, UNICEF and Government of India, the centre is made up of public health, clinical, laboratory, epidemiological, statistical, and administrative departments. All departments are focused on learning as much about tuberculosis as possible and circulating the findings to the public.

The New Delhi Tuberculosis Centre is affiliated with the Tuberculosis Association of India, which promotes Advocacy, Communication, and Social Mobilization (ACSM). Through these three strategies, the association hopes to increase detection and treatment of TB, as well as gain political involvement. TB rates in India have continued to increase, despite efforts by the government. Two people are dying approximately every three minutes due to drug resistant strains of the bacteria. The efforts by the centre and the government are being put heavily into research and social policies.

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