In the past few years, India has demonstrated high-level political commitment and action toward ending Tuberculosis. One of the successful endeavors towards this end has been The Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (PMTBMBA) which was launched by the Hon’ble President, Smt Droupadi Murmu on September 9, 2023 .

The nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging active participation from diverse stakeholders in supporting TB patients by becoming ‘Nikshay Mitras’ . This rallying call invited participation form individuals, NGOs, corporates, organizations, political parties, and various other segments to join hands in the nation’s fight against TB.

Thousands of TB patients have already benefited from this campaign. The campaign has also proven useful in enhancing awareness about TB and addressing stigma, as well as building community ownership and resources.

Corporate Nikshay Mitras

Corporate entities have been one of the key stakeholders in this campaign. In the last year, more than 55 Corporates have come forward to support the PMTBMBA initiative. As of August 2023 , over 40,000 people affected by TB has been supported by the ‘Corporate Nikshay Mitras’ . This commitment involved offering essential nutrition assistance to individuals affected with both TB and DR-TB .

The #CorporateNikshayMitra has stood out as a unique and distinctive support system for the PMTBMBA that enables innovative and practical initiatives to yield better treatment outcomes for TB affected individuals. The corporate commitment has proven to be immensely significant, resulting in a substantial reduction in out-of-pocket expenditures for TB patients and their families.

As we near the first anniversary of PMTBMBA , Corporate TB Pledge secretariat through the #CorporateNikshayMitra Campaign intends to share stories and experiences of Nikshay Mitras.