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Partnership for TB Care and Control was registered on the 13th June 2013 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. It brings together civil society across the country on a common platform to support and strengthen India’s national TB control efforts. It seeks to harness the strengths and expertise of partners in various technical and implementation areas, and to empower affected communities, in TB care and control. It consists of technical agencies, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, affected communities, the corporate sector, professional bodies, media and academia. Currently the Partnership has 200 Partners from 24 States.

Partnership focuses on 6 six thematic group areas – TB-HIV, Women & Childhood TB, Advocacy, Service Delivery, Operational Research, and Private-Public Mix. These groups address specific topics that are important to the partners, external stakeholders, communities and Partnership for TB Care and Control as a whole.

The Partnership's Governing Board comprises members from various partner organizations, and standing invitees include the Deputy Director General (TB) of the Central TB Division (Government of India) and the Program Manager of the National TB Program (RNTCP), a World Health Organization (India) representative and the Director, Union South East Asia Regional Office.

The Secretariat provides technical and administrative support to the Partnership. It works transparently as a coordinating mechanism, and is accountable to the Governing Board. It regularly interacts with other stakeholders and the government to help achieve common goals, adds value to the work of the Stop TB Partnership, publishes monthly newsletters, maintains a website, disseminates TB information, and coordinates partner activities for events like the World TB Day.


The Partnership's vision is to support the RNTCP (India) Program, and achieve the TB-related targets of the Millennium Development Goals and the Stop TB Partnership in India through a unified response from civil society and all other stakeholders, based on shared values of mutual trust, respect and a willingness to contribute to this common vision. It seeks to synergize civil society contribution to TB care and control in India in line with common national and international goals.

The Partnership's objectives include: advocating with national, state and district authorities and with all existing and potential stakeholders on TB control; developing a dynamic and comprehensive strategic plan for civil society participation; mobilising resources and interfacing with donors to support partner activities; coordinating partner activities and providing tools, information and platforms to share successes, lessons, constraints and innovations; facilitating need-based technical support for partners; promoting the International Standards of TB Care and the Patients Charter as internationally accepted standardized tools; increasing the visibility of India's national TB programme and promoting its community ownership; and expanding the Partnership to harness all available resources for a self-sustaining TB control movement in India.

Expanding the partner and stakeholder base in India's fight against tuberculosis is crucial to the Partnership's strategy. A regional meeting was recently held in Chennai where, besides partners, corporate, media and government representatives participated. Its objectives were to increase the regional partner base, evolve strategies for sustained engagement of partners regionally, and share experiences. Besides uniting for a noble cause, partners benefit by featuring their activities in the Partnership newsletter and website, invitations to working group meetings, use of a common logo and a directory to share ideas, best practices and resources, and access to relevant databases. A similar meeting for the eastern region is planned at Kolkotta in August 2009, and a national meeting for all partners and large stakeholders in September 2009. The Secretariat is also working closely with the Centre for Legislative Research and Advocacy to organise meetings for the Indian Medical Parliamentarian Forum.

In a short time, the Partnership has become a hub for disseminating information, creating visibility for India's national TB programme, responding to TB related challenges and providing support to various stakeholders. There is still a long way to go but, with commitment from partners, donors and stakeholders, it will sustain and deliver results - and save many lives.