This morning, I was speaking at a conference called DFID- (Drugs for the Future-Infectious Diseases) organized by NIPER in Hyderabad on our “Smart TB” platform. While listening to some talks and talking to participants, I felt a need to be more closely involved with awareness on TB. I sincerely hope we can put a stop to this deadly disease that kills more than 1.3 million people and has 3 million undiagnosed cases. HIV adds significantly to the risk of getting TB. Also more recently, diabetes has been implicated in TB. So here is a little poem to help laymen understand a little about TB. TB is not to be
– Anu Acharya , CEO Mapmygenome ***********************************
Innocence played in the air,
A little bacterium made its way,
Soon a colony of them swayed,
Into a new lung they could infect,
and grow old.
A third of us have latent TB,
If that is not enough of a bomb,
Every minute three of us succumb,
To this disease called tuberculosis,
I am told.
Life is normal for many until,
Unaware 3 million lives play to TB’s tune,
Undiagnosed, they are no longer immune,
hit by TB, A disease so ferocious,
TB is curable, but why,
Do we see relapse and resistance?
6 months treatment is the insistence,
But not followed by patients,
Young and old.
There is much to do,
It needs nothing short of a revolution,
Diagnostics and drugs are only part of a solution,
Together we can stopTB,
With Smart TB, I am enrolled.
TB is not to be
there is no question