Mumbai Mission for TB Control - Towards universal access to TB care
Multi Drug Resistant TB (MDR TB) in Mumbai was brought into sharp focus in January 2012 with reports of the so called incurable Totally Drug Resistant TB (TDR TB). The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) took up the challenge in right earnest. Through improved diagnostics and strategies, the detection of MDR TB went up from 53 cases in 2010 to 2429 cases in 2012. The year 2012 also saw a substantial strengthening of the TB control programme in the city in terms of infrastructure, diagnostics and treatment capacities.
In February 2013, a workshop was held in Mumbai facilitated by WHO to develop a comprehensive plan for further scaling up TB care in the city. The resultant plan, ‘Mumbai Mission for TB Control’ was released by the Mayor of Mumbai, Mr Sunil Prabhu on 22 March 2013 at a function attended by Dr Nata Menabde, WHO Representative to India. Also present on the occasion were Mr Sitaram Kunte, Municipal Commissioner; Ms Manisha Mhaiskar Additional Municipal Commissioner; Dr A Bamne, Executive Health Officer; Dr Minne Khetarpal, City TB Officer; elected representatives of MCGM, other senior officials and media.