India bears 24 per cent of the total burden of tuberculosis (TB) reported globally. According to the recent Global Tuberculosis report 2014 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), of the estimated 9 million people who developed TB in 2013, more than half (56%) were in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions with India and China alone accounting for 24 per cent and 11 per cent of total cases, respectively.
Ironically, China, Russia and India together account for roughly half of all drug-resistant cases.
In 2013, India recorded 14,15,617 TB cases, out of which 5 per cent of the cases were aged under 15 years and 35,385 were laboratory confirmed multi-drug resistant TB cases.
Contributed By Sonia Narula