Closing the gap to eliminate TB deaths among people living with HIV
1 December 2014
World AIDS Day this year has focused on closing the gap by increasing access to detection and treatment. Despite being preventable and curable, TB is still the major cause of HIV-related illness and death, accounting for some 360 000 avertable deaths in 2013 and representing a quarter of all HIV-related deaths. Thanks to joint efforts and increased political commitment, there has been some encouraging scale-up of collaborative TB/HIV activities over the past decade. However, access to these life-saving interventions remains sub-optimal. In 2013 only 50% of all estimated HIV-positive incident TB cases were reported and only a third of all estimated cases provided with ART. 21% of countries reported initiating IPT. We call upon all friends of TB/HIV to work together on closing these gaps in order to eliminate TB deaths among people living with HIV. For the full World AIDS Day statement please visit the link below:
TB/HIV at AIDS 2014 and Eliminating TB Deaths: Time to Step up the HIV Response
Sunday 20 July 2014 | Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Thanks to concerted efforts by partners, TB/HIV was well profiled at AIDS 2014. The conference started off with a high level international WHO consultation on Sunday 20th July 2014, at the Crowne Promenade Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The consultation, which was chaired by WHO's Assistant Director-General of HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, Hiroki Nakatani, aimed to catalyse an accelerated response and high level political buy-in for HIV-associated TB to bring about the elimination of TB deaths among people living with HIV. The meeting was attended by some 80 participants who reviewed progress in the global and regional response, assessed the political commitment to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV-related TB, analysed the gaps and barriers preventing the elimination of TB/HIV deaths and identified opportunities and next steps critical for eliminating HIV deaths from TB. More details on the consultation and TB/HIV activities at AIDS 2014 can be found at the link below:
TB/HIV at AIDS 2012, XIX International AIDS Conference
22-27 July 2012 | Washington DC, USA
Thanks to efforts of the TB/HIV Core Group and Working Group and with the strong support of the Diane Havlir, Chair of the TB/HIV Working Group and co-chair of AIDS 2012, the IAS conference programme this year was packed full of TB/HIV. There was a record breaking number of well attended sessions focussing on TB, including late breakers, workshops, oral abstract sessions and satellite symposia, posters and global village activities.
The TB coverage culminated in Friday’s superb plenary presentation given by Anthony Harries of the Union, followed by a special session on Looking to the Future in HIV and TB, with participation from the Core Group members, Diane Havlir, Richard Chaisson, Haileyesus Getahun and Mark Harrington. The meeting concluded with an impassioned call for action by Whoopi Goldberg to join together to tackle HV and TB as one disease. For webcasts and presentations of all the TB/HIV sessions at AIDS 2012, please visit the conference TB/HIV roadmap below which provides links to all the sessions.
Transforming the HIV/TB Response: Defining the next 10 years
21 July 2012 | Washington DC, USA
The World Health Organization, in collaboration with Georgetown University, organized a high level international consultation on behalf of the TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership, in conjunction with the AIDS 2012 conference in Washington DC on July 21, 2012. The aim of the meeting was to discuss innovative ideas and ways to define and shape the global TB/HIV response for the next decade. It also harvested experiences and identified key challenges and barriers in the scale-up of collaborative TB/HIV activities, including key research gaps. More details can be found at the link below:
2012 World Tuberculosis Day
16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011)
4 - 8 December 2011 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ICASA 2011 brought together more than 10,000 varied HIV stakeholders from 103 countries, providing an excellent opportunity to network, share experiences and learn about the successes and challenges in implementation and scale-up of TB/HIV collaborative activities. Tuberculosis was particularly well mainstreamed in this year’s conference agenda, as can be seen from the ICASA Roadmap of HIV/TB sessions and presentations below.
World Aids Day, December 2011
World AIDS Day this year is about "Getting to Zero. Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths". With almost one in four HIV related deaths attributable to TB globally and up to 50% in some settings, there is no question that TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment will contribute towards zero AIDS related deaths. Thanks to your efforts and commitment, we have observed encouraging progress in the scale-up of collaborative TB/HIV activities recently. The uptake of HIV testing and counselling for TB patients in the African and European regions has been particularly impressive.
Similarly in 2010, almost 60% enrolled into HIV care were screened for TB in the African Region, and nearly one out of four eligible people enrolled in HIV care were put on Isoniazid preventive therapy. However, despite evidence based recommendations for providing ART to all TB patients, regardless of CD4 count within the first two weeks of their TB treatment, less than half of the TB patients who were identified with HIV received life saving ART.
In the spirit World AIDS Day, we call upon all members of TB/HIV Working Group and friends of TB/HIV to ensure the delivery of integrated TB and HIV services including life saving ART to all people living with HIV.
Civil Society Meeting for Accelerating Advocacy on TB/HIV in the Region of the Americas
7-8 July 2011 | Panama City, Panama
On 6th July WHO, in collaboration with the Global TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership, regional members of civil society, Treatment Action Group and UNAIDS, convened a meeting aimed at empowering civil society from 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries to advocate for increased access to collaborative TB/HIV services in the region of the Americas.
The meeting aimed to facilitate regional networking opportunities among participants and translate their experiences and concerns about TB/HIV into needs-based advocacy recommendations, as well as to help identify key TB/HIV messages to advocate for during the two day meeting "Scaling-up the implementation of collaborative TB/HIV activities in the Region of the Americas" held subsequently between 7-8 July. For further details, please click on the links below:
One million lives can be saved between now and the end of 2015 by preventing and treating Tuberculosis among people living with HIV
6 June 2011 | New York, USA
A publication outlining the new epidemiological model - Time to act: Save a million lives by 2015 - Prevent and treat tuberculosis among people living with HIV was launched on 6th June in New York as world leaders were convening for the UN High-Level meeting on AIDS. The new model, developed by the World Health Organization, the Stop TB Partnership and UNAIDS, shows it is possible to reduce dramatically HIV/AIDS deaths through TB prevention and treatment.
In 2009 almost one in four deaths among people living with HIV were due to TB. The majority of these deaths could have been avoided as TB is both curable and preventable. The model estimates that through the scaled-up implementation of WHO-recommended collaborative TB/HIV activities, it is possible to save a million lives by the end of 2015.
XVIII International AIDS Conference
18-23 July 2010 | Vienna, Austria
Accelerating Advocacy on TB/HIV in the WHO European Region
15 July 2010 | Vienna, Austria
The one-day workshop prepared HIV and drug use civil society activists for active participation at the European Regional meeting on 16th-17th and to further advocate for increased access to collaborative TB/HIV services, particularly for people who use drugs in their own countries and throughout the region.
The objectives of the workshop were to familiarize participants with the key facts about TB and TB/HIV, the relationship between TB and drug use, approaches to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB for people living with HIV and in people who use drugs. This was the third workshop of its kind and built on the experience of the previous two workshops held in Bangkok in November 2009 and in Liverpool in June 2010.
The XVII International AIDS Conference
3-8 August 2008 | Mexico City
A satellite symposium was organized by the Stop TB and HIV Departments of WHO, the International AIDS Society, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNAIDS and the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research on 3rd August 2008. The session helped to identify the key, practical activities needed to ensure universal access of TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment services and to reduce the burden of TB in people living with HIV and ensure.
Particular emphasis was given to the challenges and opportunities of mainstreaming the Three Is for HIV/TB (intensified TB case-finding, isoniazid preventive therapy and infection control for TB in HIV care services) in order to advocate for thier inclusion as core functions of HIV care services. Key note speakers included Ambassador Mark Dybul, US Global AIDS Coordinator, South African activist, Musa Njoko, Anupong Chitwarakorn and Henro Akpan from the Ministries of Health of Thailand and Nigeria, respectively and Paul Nunn and Kevin De Cock of WHO.
First HIV/TB Global Leaders' Forum: One Life, Two Diseases, One Response
9 June 2008 | New York, USA
The first HIV/TB Global Leaders' Forum, endorsed by the UN Secretary General, His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon, was held on 9 June 2008 at the United Nations in New York, on the eve of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on HIV/AIDS. The forum brought together heads of state, senior political and UN officials with leaders of civil society, media, technical agencies and the private sector and focussed on accelerating action on fighting the dual epidemic.
XVI International AIDS Conference
13-18 August 2006 | Toronto, Canada
HIV & TB in the context of universal access: What's working and what's not?
International consultative meeting in conjunction with the XVI International AIDS Conference
12-13 August 2006 | Toronto, Canada
A meeting was co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the International AIDS Society, the Treatment Action Group and the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research on behalf of the Global TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership in conjunction with the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada, on 12 - 13 August 2006.
The objective of the meeting was to accelerate an effective and joint response to the epidemic of HIV-related tuberculosis (TB) by facilitating the sharing of information and experiences, networking and strengthening the partnership between TB and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) communities in a forum environment. Lively and interactive discussion was promoted by a very successful marketplace, where participants presented and promoted their experiences, results, views, opinions and country-level findings in poster and display formats.
The meeting was attended by almost 300 participants, mainly representing the HIV community, who were also attending the International AIDS Conference. A tribute was paid to Dr Lisa Onyemobi, WHO TB/HIV National Professional Officer in Nigeria, who died suddenly earlier in 2006. The meeting was followed by a TB/HIV satellite symposium on the afternoon of 13 August 2006, which was held as part of the International AIDS Conference. The International AIDS Society, Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, co-organized the satellite symposium with the Stop TB and HIV/AIDS Departments of WHO.
CREATE - Archbishop Desmond Tutu to launch the ZAMSTAR TB/HIV study
15 February 2005, Cape Town, South Africa
Archbishop Desmond Tutu officially launched a study of community and household interventions to reduce the impact of HIV related TB at the opening of the Desmond Tutu TB centre in Cape Town. As part of the Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/Tuberculosis Epidemic (CREATE) this community randomized trial aims to study the effects of TB/HIV activities at household and community level in Zambia and South Africa over 5 years.
World Economic Forum
26-30 January 2005 | Davos, Switzerland
The World Economic Forum officially launched the document "Doing it Together: managing TB and HIV at the workplace" at the India Economic Summit where it was well received by over 600 CEOs and subsequently distributed at the annual meeting in Davos "Taking Responsibility for Tough Choices" from 26 to 30 January 2005.