Resources for Journalists

Writing about a complex health issue like TB isn’t easy. On this page, we will share resources on TB that we hope will make a journalist’s job somewhat easier.

Please email us and let us know if there are any specific resources you would like us to develop. Do also email us if you would like to receive one-page briefs on MDR-TB, TB-HIV, the socio-economic impact of TB and other related issues.

TB and Mental Health: A resource for journalists

The relation between TB and Mental Health is a crucial yet ignored aspect of TB Management. TB not only affects the physical well-being of a person, but also has a deep psychological impact. This document gives an overview of the various factors leading to mental health issues among TB patients, consequences, and probable solutions to address the problem.

You can download the English version here.

New drugs for treating TB: An overview

Over the last few years, there has been new – and long overdue- developments in the field of drugs for treating TB. After a gap of almost 50 years, two new drugs – Bedaquiline and Delamanid – have entered the market.  This document provides an overview of all the important issues surrounding new drugs, their recommended usage, their global availability, access for Indian patients etc.

Download the English version here.

A Quick Guide to Tuberculosis (Revised version) 

This document is intended as an introductory resource on TB, especially for journalists who are reporting on TB for the first time or for those who wish to improve their understanding of TB. This document will remain a work in progress and will be updated as and when there are new scientific or social developments.

Download the English version (volume 3) here.

Download the Hindi version (volume 2) here.

Responsible and Ethical Reporting on TB 

Responsible and ethical reporting on public health issues like tuberculosis (TB) is absolutely essential to make sure that readers have access to accurate information. Reporting responsibly on TB can contribute to breaking stereotypes and communicating realistic and informed messages to the general public. This document lists several important aspects to keep in mind when reporting on TB.

Download the English version here.

Download the Hindi version here.

TB: A Notifiable Disease 

In 2012, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, passed an order making notification of tuberculosis compulsory. Notifiable diseases are those diseases which are required by law to be reported to government authorities. This means that all public and private providers must notify all cases of TB on a regular basis. This resource guide provides an overview of the notification process and suggests follow-up story ideas for journalists to explore.

Download the English version here.

Download the Hindu version here.

A Checklist for TB Reporting 

This is a simple tool to help journalists assess their own reporting on TB on the basis of several parameters.

Download the English version here.

Download the Hindi version here.

India’s Missing Million: A brief guide to the 2014 World TB Day theme for journalists.

This document is intended to help journalists plan their World TB Day stories and discusses this year’s theme: Reach the 3 million. Find. Treat. Cure TB. The document explains the relevance of the theme for India, and provides some background on the ‘missing cases’.

Download the English version here.

Download the Hindi version here.