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By TT News| Mar 26, 2021

Apollo Tyres Joins ‘Jan Andolan’ Campaign For TB-Free India

Apollo Tyres has joined the ‘Jan Andolan’ campaign to meet the ambitious goal of eradication of TB from India by 2025.

The tyre company, in association with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Union Again Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and Central TB Division (CTD) organized a virtual event on TB-free India in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The company concluded a two-week long TB-free transhipment location campaign on World TB Day. To identify TB cases among truckers and the allied population, the company reached out to more than 1,09,011 beneficiaries through awareness activities,

Among the 1,415 people tested for TB, 47 confirmed cases were identified, and 33 were linked to DOTS for treatment. This activity was carried out using Apollo Tyres Foundations’ 31 Healthcare centres located across 19 states in India.

As per World Health Organisation (WHO) Global TB Report, 2020 an estimated 10 million people fell ill with TB globally in 2019, and India carries an estimated 26% of the global TB burden. The highest burden in the age group of 15-44 years.

Commenting on this initiative, Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA), Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “Corporates can have a significant role in ensuring the national agenda to eradicate TB, and they can cascade it to the entire value chain. Our value of ‘Care for Society’ propels us further to ensure that healthcare is deep-rooted in our communities we operate in. We have initiated the process of attaching corporates, NGO partners and others in this journey to raise awareness.” (TT)

 

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