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  1. Introduction
  2. TB infection within India
  3. Biological factors specific to the Indian population
  4. Growth of the Indian population
  5. Two of the world's largest metropolitan areas
  6. The poor standard of living
  7. High rates of HIV in India
  8. Controling tuberculosis
  9. Conclusion
  10. References

Tuberculosis is considered to be one of the leading causes of death for one third of the world's population. South-East Asia and the Pacific region are one of the areas affected most by tuberculosis infections. According to the World Health Organization, 95% of tuberculosis cases reported occur in the countries of India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand (AsiaNews, 2005). India itself accounts for one-fifth of global Tuberculosis cases (WHO/India, 2009).

[...] RNTCP assists medical units throughout India by helping with quality screenings, providing access to higher quantities of medicine effective in treating tuberculosis, educating Indian citizens on the symptoms and methods of transmission of the disease, providing technical support to research centers, data management, and financial support. Initiatives to educate citizens about HIV infection risk factors are also supported by the RNTCP (WHO/India, 2009). References Adlakha, A. (1997, April). Population Trends: India. Retrieved November from AsiaNews. (2005, March 23). [...]

[...] India boasts sixteen official languages, five major religions, and a rigid caste system. Two of the world's largest metropolitan areas are located in India, Mumbai, with a population of over 16 million people, and Calcutta, with a population of over 12 million people (Rosenberg, 1997). The extremely high number of people and the wide diversity within India results in chaotic living conditions for the country's population. According to the United Nation's Human Development Index, the living conditions in India are rated the third worst in all of Asia (Rosenberg, 1997). [...]

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