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Background

India's Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) is being implemented in all states and union territories of the country as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS). The Central Government, through policy guidelines as well as through the provision of funds plays a catalytic role in aligning the States' health programmes to meet certain national health goals. These additional funds provided under CSS are a useful supplement to the state government resources and enable them to pursue the implementation of the various programmes and schemes which are key to the attainment of national health goals and also the Millennium Development Goals.

Since March 2006, RNTCP is being implemented in all the districts of the country. RNTCP Phase II (2006-2011) aligns with WHO Stop TB Strategy and covers all the activities proposed to address the current epidemiological situation in the country. Diagnosis and treatment of TB under RNTCP is integrated into the general health-care system and is largely carried out by multipurpose, general health staff. RNTCP contributes to the organization of services, provides technical and operational guidelines and training materials, ensures supply of drugs and quality control (mainly of drugs and microscopy services), and monitors operational results and epidemiological impact. Program supervision is partly carried out by TB-specific contractual staff, but also relies on the supervision and governance functions of the general health system at the state, district, and sub-district levels.


For more information on tuberculosis,background documents and links, please visit RNTCP website

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