The disease of tuberculosis is widespread and impacts millions of individuals across the world. India has the highest burden of tuberculosis, and it is the most infectious killer. In 2020, as per the data provided by the Union Health Ministry in Lok Sabha, India reported 1.8 million TB cases. The issue of TB has only been made more challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, as there was a negative impact on detection of cases, diagnosis and treatment. The pandemic has also led to a reversal of decades of progress in the TB elimination. With the vision for ‘TB-Mukt Bharat’ set forth by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, it is essential that we build political will and prioritize efforts to address the disease. Policymakers and political leaders from all levels, national, state, district, will need to come together to realize the vision.
One of the most significant challenges affecting the treatment of tuberculosis is stigma. The most common reasons for stigma are the perceived risk of transmission to members of the family or community, lack of awareness about the disease and its prevention, misinformation and myths propagated in the society, among numerous