||NGOs: partners with government in NTP.
||INDIAN J TB 1993, 40, 1-2.
The editorial makes a case for encouraging the
partnership of NGOs with the NTP to fight TB. The attitudes and
perceptions of the Government, on one hand, and the NGOs, on the
other, make this a complex proposition. Several reviews of the NTPs
performance over the last three decades concluded that the NTPs
achievements were below expectations despite notable progress made
in some directions and that the programme was not likely to improve
without better programme management and active participation in
TB control activities by the people. Therefore, the Government,
after the Surajkand deliberations in September 1991, accepted the
recommendations of the TAI, one of which was the necessity to develop
partnerships with NGOs. The changed facade of the NGOs, today, because
of the large number of professionals that have joined them, adds
to the benefits the NGOs would bring to a partnership. How the partnership
should begin and the various mutual benefits for the Government
and the NGOs in becoming partners are described.
|KEYWORDS: VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATION; NGO; INDIA.