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Key Highlights Of the corporate tb pledge program

The Corporate TB Pledge (CTP) program, launched in April,2019 is a joint initiative of the Central TB Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and USAID in collaboration with IPE Global Ltd and The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, with the objective to develop a shared TB vision, in alignment with PM Narendra Modi’s vision of eliminating TB in India by 2025. The aim of the Corporate TB Pledge (CTP) is to engage the corporates and business associations effectively and meaningfully, and for industry-led sustainable solutions to end TB in workplace and community settings.

Key highlights of the Corporate TB Pledge program are as follows:-

  • 103 Corporate Members are part of the pledge, which includes both Indian and American companies from sectors across IT, FMCG, Health care and Diagnostics, Leather, Tea, Mining etc
  • 5 Business associations on board.
  • Companies have signed up at different tiers, specifying their levels of commitment that is – Silver(24), Gold(58), Platinum(13) and Diamond(8).
  • Out of  103 members, 20 corporates have adopted a statement of commitment on TB and Workplace.
  • More than eight lac people have been screened for TB symptoms in the last one year by Corporate TB Pledge (CTP) members
  • 29000 TB testing facilitated through corporate interventions.
  • Around 3 million USD has been leveraged for TB work by corporates including establishment of 7 Microscopy centres, 6 CBNAAT/Gene Expert Machines, 3 Mobile X-ray Vans and Nutritional Support to about 300 patients.

Another major initiative of Corporate TB Pledge (CTP) is the Best Practice Compendium: Innovative approaches by Corporates to Eliminate TB by 2025 wherein USAID collaborated with CII in partnership with IPE Global and The Union for the release of the Best Practice Compendium at the inaugural session of CII India Healthcare week on 17th August, 2020, capturing innovative approaches by 15 select corporates who have done exemplary work on TB interventions.

Key innovations of the Corporate TB Pledge Members

Apollo Tyres Foundation

Established 31 TB Free Transhipment Locations across 19 states for the trucker community

With an aim to provide integrated and holistic health services to trucking community and the allied population, ATF organised a  two weeks  campaign at the 31 transhipment locations to intensify TB presumptive case finding amongst the truckers. Despite the COVID-19 challenges, more than 3 Lakh truckers were reached through TB messages; more than 60,000 people were directly reached for awareness and symptomatic screening. 1310 TB testing were facilitated to identify 52 TB patients, 51 of them have already been put on treatment.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Installed over 130 E- Health Centres under the CSR program

More than 130 e-health centres have been established by HPE, under its CSR program, where more than 1 million patients have been registered and treated under primary health domain, free of cost. They committed 50000 screening under the pledge and are connecting the positive Tb cases with the National TB Program. Moreover, MDR diagnosis machine has also been installed in Bareilly for identifying Drug resistant TB cases.

BEST, Mumbai

Introduced TB Workplace Policy by the name of Standard of TB Care

To reduce TB related morbidity and mortality amongst its employees and their families, the medical department of BEST introduced TB Workplace Policy by the name Standard of TB Care in BEST. This policy has benefited more than 1000 employees. The International Labour Organisation documented the work being carried out by BEST.

GAIL India

Launched the Swasthya Slate Initiative for Screening

GAIL has launched ‘Swasthya Slate initiative’. The project entails building Swasthya Slate System (a digital diagnostic tool) to undertake screening of general population using a digital platform. ‘Swasthya Slate initiative’ is being piloted around GAIL, Pata in District Auraiya (UP) to cover approx. 3 lac people across various health aspects, including TB.