A total of 5 projects were funded and the summary if given below:
For TB/MDR-TB: In a joint venture of ICMR, DBT and MOHFW, new effective indigenous molecular diagnostic kit TrueNat for TB/MDR-TB & one (TrueNat (rif)) for MDR-TB developed and validated. Test found at par with Xpert and has been recommended for use under RNTCP. Govt. of Telengana introduced under Programme in October, 2018 and the GOI. Has also started the process of procurement for use of TrueNAt under national Programme.
Validation ongoing for TrueNat for EPTB and Paediatric TB,
For M/XDR-TB: Low cost indigenous IGS culture based kit for M/XDR-TB detection completed validation, Revised Final report awaited
For TB: Improved smear microscopy kit i.e TB detect kit for TB diagnosis completed validation studies and results showed that the new microscopy is better for detecting smear TB.