About the Book
While much progress has been made with tuberculosis (TB) control, the WHO estimates that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died of TB. India accounts for 25% of the global TB burden, and for a third of the ‘missing cases’ that do not get diagnosed or notified. The emergence of severe forms of drug-resistance has further complicated the picture. More than 50% of India’s TB patients seek care in the private sector, and private providers and GPs are often the first point of care even for patients treated in the public sector. Unfortunately, private practitioners rarely adhere to national and international standards, and there is plenty of evidence that quality of TB care is often suboptimal. This results in emergence of drug-resistance, and also explains the high TB mortality rate in India.
This supplement to GP Clinics is an effort to engage and educate GPs and private practitioners in India, and to share with them the current best practices on TB diagnosis and treatment. It is a compilation of a series of articles published in GP Clinics over the past two years.
I am grateful to my co-authors who contributed their valuable expertise and time to this project. I am particularly grateful to Dr Anupam Aggarwal, Editor and Publisher of GP Clinics. His enthusiasm and support for TB control is exceptional, and his desire to educate GPs about evidence-based clinical practices is commendable. I am also grateful to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) for their support in publishing this TB series. Their leadership role in IPAQT is important and impactful. Lastly, I am thankful to several partners for their support, including The Union, PATH, REACH, World Health Partners, Global Health Strategies, McGill International TB Centre, and McGill Global Health Programs. I am also grateful to Bijoyeta Das (www.bijoyetadas.com) for designing the book cover.
About the Editor
Madhukar Pai is a TB researcher. He is a professor of epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal. He serves as the Director of Global Health Programs, and as an Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. He holds visiting faculty positions at Christian Medical College, Vellore; Manipal University; Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram; and Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Delhi.
About the Publisher
Anupam Aggarwal, a postgraduate in Public Health from Maualana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India, started Clinics India Press Pvt Ltd, a medical publishing and healthcare information company, in India in the year 2004. Clinics India publishes medical journals and develop medical content for customized literature for practicing doctors.
‘GP Clinics’ (www.gpclinics.in) is one of the flagship publications of Clinics India. Published monthly, and categorized as a CME journal for family physicians in India, ‘GP Clinics’ has a pan India circulation. ‘GP Clinics’ pulls together practical clinical articles from top international and national experts in many specialties in a convenient source for primary care practitioners. The journal provides articles on key topics encountered in clinical practice, as well as short, quick-reading features that emphasize diagnostic quizzes with high resolution color photographs. Among the most popular features are: “Drug Review”, “Court Room”, “Dermclinic“, “What’s Your Diagnosis?” “Photoclinic“, “What’s the ‘Take Home’?“, “Photo Quiz“, “Case In Point”, “Pearls of Wisdom”, “Nutritional Pearls” and much more.