USAID partners with AAPI to make India tuberculosis free

AAPI 12th health summit will take place in Mumbai this December.

USA-International Developmental Agency (USAID) on Thursday signed an MOU with American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) to work together in achieving the goal of Tuberculosis (TB) free India.

According to the MOU, the USAID in partnership with the Ministry of Health, India, and AAPI will rigorously work to make India TB Free.

AAPI will play the pivotal role in achieving the goal by providing high-level education and research facility to India’s health ministry which has been pushing for the eradication of the life-threatening disease.

According to Dr. Naresh Parikh, president-elect, AAPI, in addition to providing tools to engage patients, the organization will also be creating WHO mandated symptomatology by which indexed cases will be first detected from hotspots of tuberculosis in India.

In addition to the TB Free India partnership, AAPI has also announced that its 12th health summit will take place in Mumbai this December. The organization said that it will provide free health care, training and support across India.

Following the announcement of USAID and AAPI, the US Consulate in Mumbai tweeted, “Today we celebrate the announcement of @usaid_india ‘s newly signed MOU with the American Assoc of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) to work together toward achieving a #TBFreeIndia.”

USAID works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. Since 1998, USAID has been partnering with the Government of India to combat TB. According to the official website of USAID, it has already invested more than $120 million to help diagnose and treat 15 million people with TB in India.

AAPI is an organization of Indian American doctors practicing in the US. Founded about 34 years ago, it is now one of the largest organization of physicians in the United States.

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