Home to more TB cases than any other country in the world (over a quarter of the world’s cases), India loses 450,000 people every year to this deadly but curable disease. In addition to its devastating human impact, TB costs the Indian economy billions of dollars in annual losses.
In the workplace, TB causes work flow disruption and lost productivity and endangers the livelihoods of communities by reducing incomes and market size.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made TB elimination a key component of his ambitious health agenda, increasing the country’s budget for TB by 70 percent and calling for an end to TB by 2025, a full five years ahead of the UN goal.
The Corporate TB Pledge, a joint initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of India gives the private sector an opportunity to join the fight against TB in India.
Private sector entities sign a pledge that commits them to use their resources – human and financial – to combat TB, raise awareness of TB as a curable disease, and ultimately improve TB health outcomes. It recognizes companies for their commitment to ending TB; spurs increased investments in CSR and workforce wellbeing; and links companies with the technical resources they need to better plan and implement TB programs at the workplace and in their communities. Pledge partners get access to a range of technical support and also opportunities to showcase programs in National and International Forums.
If you have not signed the pledge, please join today. For more information, please contact Arvind Kumar at [email protected].
“Champion level” companies that, in addition to policy, workplace, and CSR activities, must also bring in new members to the Corporate TB Pledge.
In addition to policy and workplace activities, companies must also commit corporate social responsibility (CSR) resources specifically to TB programs outside of the workplace.
Companies need to have a TB policy in place and develop specific workplace activities that raise awareness about TB, TB screening and TB treatment.
Organizations must commit to having a workplace TB policy.
Some other materials that you can access are:
To encourage more companies to join the fight against TB, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster launched the “TB Pledge: Workplace and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative.” See highlights of the launch here:
Since 1998, USAID has partnered with the Government of India to combat tuberculosis (TB), investing more than $140 million to help diagnose and treat 15 million people with the disease. USAID partners with technical experts, the Central Tuberculosis Division, the private sector, civil society, communities and patients to achieve a TB-free India. USAID’s TB programs provide support at the district, state and national levels to demonstrate new models and catalyze change in the health system. USAID activities help expand access to quality services, address drug resistant TB, raise awareness through public advocacy, advocacy and support innovative solutions