Quest launched for innovations for eliminating Tuberculosis

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 11 February 2019

Applications will be accepted till April 8, 2019. Further details about the TB Quest and the application process are available at www.indiahealthfund.org. 

PUNE: ‘Tuberculosis (TB) Quest - a quest for innovations towards eliminating TB’ was launched recently by India Health Fund (IHF). It calls for innovations in products, technologies and processes from interested candidates.

It is seeded by the Tata Trusts, with strategic support from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Interestingly, the Government of India has set a target of eliminating Tuberculosis by 2025. 

Applications will be accepted till April 8, 2019. Further details about the TB Quest and the application process are available at www.indiahealthfund.org. 

This initiative is being co-partnered by the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology, and Centre for Cellular And Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), an initiative of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, The Global Fund, Social Alpha, Stop Tuberculosis Partnership, and the Tata Trusts.

INNOVATIONS NEEDED
IHF has called for innovations in products, technologies and processes in: 
- Bring missing TB patients within the purview of care, including notification, through innovations to find new cases and ensure care continuum. 
- Screening and appropriate management for Latent TB Infection (LTBI) among all identified high risk population groups in India.
- Infection control in settings such as healthcare facilities, crowded habitations, congregate settings, including workplaces where transmission is high. 
- Addressing gaps in the supply chain of anti-TB drugs and consumables in public and private sectors.

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