The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has recently announced a partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to end tuberculosis (TB) in India.
According to the president of AAPI, Dr Naresh Parikh, "The programme will engage AAPI?s network of private charitable clinics for awareness, detection and treatment of TB. It will explore opportunities for collaboration between US and Indian medical schools to exchange cutting-edge healthcare solutions”. He further added that the elimination of tuberculosis has been a matter of national concern for several years now.
According to the Xerses Sidhwa, Director of Health, USAID-India, "We have been supporting the TB program of the Government of India for two decades now. With our collaboration with AAPI, we continue our assistance to the government to plan and implement evidence-based interventions to reach a TB-Free 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.”
Importantly, the AAPI plays a 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. 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.