In 2019, an estimated 26 lakh people fall sick with TB in India. Of these about 1.24 lakh have drug resistant tuberculosis.
On March 24, which is World TB Day, Suno India’s Menaka Rao speaks with Meera Yadav, a TB survivor and activist. She got TB in 2013, a few months after she delivered a child. She then suffered 8 years taking treatment for TB during which her lung was removed via surgery. She now works with a nonprofit with one of the government projects helping TB patients who seek treatment in the private sector. She recently moved the Bombay High Court along with health rights activist Brineille D’Souza with the plea that two drugs– Bedaquiline and Delamanid –which used to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis should be produced in India so that more patients can access it.