GOI recently extended $1 million of medical assistance to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) on the request of WHO. The medical assistance is provided as part of WHO anti-Tuberculosis programme.

United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on North Korea. However, India’s medical assistance is under the aegis of World Health Organization anti-Tuberculosis programme and therefore exempted from UNSC sanctions.

Sanctions against North Korea

Several nations and UNSC have imposed sanctions against Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This includes the United States of America, Australia, China, Japan, Russian federation, South Korea and Taiwan. In 2006, United Nations was first passed sanctions against North Korea. The UNSC Sanctions Committee on North Korea was established.

Tuberculosis in India

India set target 2025 of eliminating Tuberculosis from nationwide. This is ahead of the deadline set by the WHO. The World Health Organization aims to eradicate WHO from the world completely by 2030.

India has launched the National TB Elimination Program to work on the target. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, released annual Tuberculosis Report, 2020, Nagaland and Tripura are the best performing states under the programme. Daman and Diu and dadra and Nagar Haveli are the least performers UT.

Initiatives in India for TB

  • Nikshay Ecosystem (NE): It is the National TB information system
  • Nikshay Poshan Yojana (NPY): It is aimed to provide financial support to TB patients
  • Saksham Project (SP): It is a project of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) providing psycho-social counselling to TB patients in the country
  • TB Harega Desh Jeetega (TBHDJ): This campaign was launched in 2019

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