Tuberculosis (TB)

The Global TB/HIV Working Group

The Global TB/HIV Working Group was established in 2001 with a mission to reduce the global burden of HIV-related TB. Since this time it has served as a forum for global and national TB and HIV stakeholders to raise the visibility and importance of HIV-associated TB for both the TB and HIV responses. It has also taken an active role in advising the development and revision of evidence-based policy and programme guidance to reduce the combined impact of the TB and HIV epidemics. With the secretariat managed by WHO, the working group comprises a large network of stakeholders from international organizations, donors, academia, and nongovernmental and governmental organizations from a range of different countries. It is committed to reducing the global burden of HIV-related TB through effective collaboration between National TB and HIV programmes and other stakeholders, and through the generation of evidence based policy and programme guidance in order to achieve the global TB/HIV targets set for 2010-2015 in the Global Plan to Stop TB. The Global Plan goal is to halve the number of deaths from TB among HIV-positive people, compared with 2004 levels.

Chair: Ambassador Eric Goosby MD

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD was announced as the new Chair of the Global TB/HIV Working Group at the 19th Core Group meeting held in Washington on 11-12 February 2014. Having stepped down from his position as United States Global AIDS Coordinator (2009-2013) where he led all US Government international HIV efforts, he is currently heading a new centre on implementation science at University of California, San Francisco’s Global Health Sciences.


Global TB/HIV Working Group and Core Group Meetings

19th Core Group Meeting of the Global TB/HIV Working Group

11-12 February 2014 | Washington DC, USA

The World Health Organization convened the 19th Core Group meeting of the Global TB/HIV Working Group from 11th - 12th February 2014 in Washington DC. The meeting was co-chaired by Diane Havlir, the outgoing Chair of the Global TB/HIV Working Group and Ambassador Eric Goosby the new incoming Chair. Meeting participants critically reviewed the past ten years of global progress in implementation and science in preventing, diagnosing and treating HIV-associated TB. They also identified essential next steps including enablers for advancing the TB/HIV response particularly at country level to eliminate TB deaths among people living with HIV. Innovative ideas to address unmet research needs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB among people living with HIV were also shared for shaping the global research agenda. The detailed agenda and presentations can be found at the link below and a more detailed report will be posted up in due course.


18th Core Group Meeting of the Global TB/HIV Working Group

10-12 April 2013 | Maputo, Mozambique

The World Health Organization, supported by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), convened the 18th Core Group meeting of the TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership on 12th April 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. The event brought together more than 120 participants, comprising key international partners as well as regional and national HIV and TB stakeholders including community and civil society representatives from 14 countries in the African region. The aim of the meeting was to assess the latest evidence, identify challenges and opportunities to eliminate TB deaths among people living with HIV. The meeting also discussed strategies to define the direction of the TB/HIV Working Group over the coming years. For more details please visit the link below.


17th Core Group Meeting of the TB/HIV Working Group

9-11 November 2011 | Beijing, People’s Republic of China

As part of a focus on the Western Pacific region and the People’s Republic of China for 2011, the Core Group of the TB/HIV Working Group held its annual meeting in Beijing from 9-11 November. The meeting was organized by the Secretariat, based at WHO Geneva, in collaboration with the WHO office in the People’s Republic of China and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the People's Republic of China. Co-hosted by the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China, the meeting was attended by some 90 participants, comprising Core Group members and representatives from National TB and HIV programmes in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, the People's Republic of China and Viet Nam and from six high burden provinces in the People's Republic of China. In addition, representatives from key international technical and funding agencies in the region also attended. Meeting participants reviewed progress and shared experience in regional implementation and scale-up of collaborative TB/HIV activities, and learnt about the latest tools to support scale-up as well as breaking research developments.


16th TB/HIV Core Group Meeting

26-28 May 2010 | Almaty, Kazakhstan

The 16th meeting of the Core Group of the TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 26 - 28 May 2010, and hosted by the KNCV Kazakhstan. The meeting reviewed global and regional progress made on the implementation of collaborative TB/HIV activities, progress on implementation of infection control measures, the inter-linkage of drug resistant TB and HIV, prisons and drug use with an emphasis on the Central Asian context. The meeting, which was held in Russian and English, with simultaneous translation, was attended by TB and HIV programme managers or their representatives from four countries of the region (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), as well as senior national representatives of intergovernmental agencies, communities living with the joint epidemics and major funding organisations.


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