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The Tuberculosis

of India is a Voluntary Organization. Its aims
and objectives are:

- The prevention
- Control
- Treatment &
- Relief of tuberculosis.

Activities & Achievements

Activities of the Tuberculosis Association of India

The present major activities of the TAI are :

  • Publication of the prestigious Indian Journal of Tuberculosis quarterly being uninterruptedly published since 1953. It’s the only journal in India devoted exclusively to the cause of tuberculosis and chest diseases.
  • Organization of the National Conference on Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (NATCON). Since the year 1939 the Association is organizing an annual conference wherein around 500 delegates from all over India assemble and exchange views, research papers and attend seminars on tuberculosis and diseases allied to it. NATCON is organised in collaboration with one or other of the State affiliates of the Association.
  • TB Seal Campaign is organised every year. The Hon’ble President of India who is also the Patron of the Association generally inaugurates the Campaign on 2nd October, the Gandhi Jayanti Day at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The TB Seals Campaign conveys the message that TB is preventable. It also helps to raise funds for promoting voluntary anti-TB work in the country and provides opportunity to every citizen to contribute to the fight against this anti-human disease. The campaign is being organised since 1950.
  • Providing quality diagnostic and treatment services through its New Delhi TB Centre.
  • Complementing supplementing Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP), (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course) DOTS services of Government of India (GOI). No new units are to be established to avoid costs and duplication.

Health education is aimed at:

  • increasing public awareness about the disease,
  • involvement of the community leaders in the control efforts and
  • enlisting cooperation of patients and their families in seeking proper diagnosis & to complete treatment till cure.

Fund raising for the foregoing activities:

  • TAI does not receive any Government grants for its activities. A TB Seal Campaign which is inaugurated every year on 2nd October by the President of India who is the Patron of TAI. A TB Seal costs 2 rupees and carries a message about tuberculosis. Last year the Association was able to sell 1.8 crores of TB seals. 93% of the collections are retained in the States for grass-roots activities and TAI receive 7% for its activities. TAI also gets donations from the public.
  • Technical education by way of holding national and state level conferences which serve the scientific purpose of updating knowledge of tuberculosis workers besides providing a platform to researchers to interact. It may be mentioned that tuberculosis research in India has provided the basis of national tuberculosis control programme the world over.
  • The TAI also runs standard training course for Tuberculosis Health Workers, Laboratory Technicians and DTCD/RNTCP orientation seminars for medical officers.
  • The Indian Journal of Tuberculosis is published quarterly. It is an authoritative and only Journal devoted to tuberculosis, along with other chest diseases.
  • Since 1975, the TAI has established a Research Fund from contributions received from the states to provide financial assistance for research proposals forwarded by them, along with technical guidance and to publish the findings in the Indian Journal of Tuberculosis.

Following are the proposed future activities for which funds need to be collected:

  • Establishment of a full fledged Health Education Cell in the TAI. The Cell will have material production equipment as well as one Health Education Expert, a publicity officer and an office hand. Health education material prepared by the Cell, translated in regional languages will be used to push NTP/RNTCP.
  • Being a mother NGO it offers an umbrella cover for various NGOs for their activities in the field of tuberculosis control. This will need the TAI I) to publish a complete directory of these institutions, ii) produce a variety of booklets, pamphlets, etc. with updated information on tuberculosis for use of NGOs and iii) catalogue the contributions being made by NGOs to TB control.


  • The TB Seals printed by the Association has won ‘First Prize of TB Seal Designs’ by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Paris, for the years 2006, 2007 and 2010 and in the year 1992 and 2005, won the ‘Second prize of TB Seal Designs’.
  • In order to boost the IEC activities, the Association produced a film on Tuberculosis through the grants-in-aid of the Central TB Division of the Directorate General of Health Services and distributed to various TB Institutions and State TB Associations for their health education activities.
  • The Association has also brought out educative flip charts for use by medico-social workers for the health education programme through the grants-in-aid of the Central TB Division.
  • The Association is publishing a Souvenir every year on occasion of the inauguration of the TB Seal Campaign, which is inaugurated by H.E. the President of India (Patron of Association) on 2nd October (Gandhi Jayanti) at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • The Association also organized with the help of Delhi TB Association street plays and Nukad Nataks to propagate the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program / Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (RNTCP DOTS) programme.
  • In creating the awareness of control of tuberculosis disease the Tuberculosis Association of India organizes an “On the Spot Painting Competition” essay competition etc.
  • The Association organized the XIV International Tuberculosis Conference in New Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan from January 7 to 11, 1957. The Hon’ble President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, inaugurated the Conference in New Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan. The Prime Minister, Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, addressed the Conference on January 10.
  • The Association also organized the IX Eastern Region Tuberculosis Conference in 1974 and 1st South East Asia Region Conference in 2008 in New Delhi.

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