Soumya Swaminathan appointed Principal Advisor for National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme

Prof. Swaminathan was the former Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation

Updated - July 10, 2024 04:26 am IST

Published - July 09, 2024 07:37 pm IST

Soumya Swaminathan will support the Union Health Ministry, State officials, and development partners in assessing the impact of the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme. File

Soumya Swaminathan will support the Union Health Ministry, State officials, and development partners in assessing the impact of the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme. File | Photo Credit: The Hindu

Former Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research and World Health Organisation’s Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed as the Principal Adviser at the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) for the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP).

She will be serving in MoHFW on a pro bono basis.

Dr. Swaminathan will be based out of Chennai, she confirmed to The Hindu, where she heads the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation that works on issues of agriculture and climate change.

As the Principal Adviser for the NTEP, Dr. Swaminathan will provide technical advice on the overall strategy to achieve goals, suggest policy directions and necessary course corrections for optimal outcomes, and advise on research strategy. Her appointment comes at a crucial juncture, where the deadline set by the Centre for eliminating TB looms closer.

India accounts for 25% of world’s TB burden and over 25 lakh new cases of TB were notified in 2024 in India, according to the India TB report released by the Centre.

MoHFW in a statement mentioned that Dr. Swaminathan will also assist in the formation of expert groups with top talent globally. Additionally, she will support the Union Health Ministry, State officials, and development partners in assessing the impact of the programme.

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