At its 41st meeting, the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board (PCB) agreed that the theme for its 42nd meeting will be: “Ending tuberculosis and AIDS – a joint response in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals”
The thematic day will take place on 28 June 2018.
The thematic segment will review the role of the HIV community in reducing the disproportionate burden of TB among people living with HIV, and will explore the role of TB and HIV programme collaboration in addressing the common socioeconomic, gender, stigma and human rights issues that drive the epidemics of HIV and TB, and how programmes can work together to identify and reach vulnerable populations with the multi-sectoral services they need to achieve the broader Sustainable Development Goals.
UNAIDS is seeking examples of good practices of joint responses in HIV and tuberculosis to inform the thematic segment background note and the discussions during the segment.
Specifically, UNAIDS is seeking examples of policies, programmes and other actions in the following areas:
- Documented evidence of effective and innovative interventions to:
- Reduce TB deaths among people living with HIV
- Community TB screening
- TB Screening tools
- Contact tracing
- Enhanced TB case finding among people living with HIV
- Delivery of TB preventive treatment
- Early TB case detection
- Innovative methods of diagnosing TB accurately in people living with HIV
- Ensuring all TB patients living with HIV know their status, are on antiretroviral therapy and are virally suppressed (100-100-100)
2. Examples of TB and HIV programme collaboration to:
- Strengthen the health system (human resources, task shifting, M&E, laboratory innovations)
- Civil society engagement and advocacy
- Community case finding, contact tracing, enhanced and early case detection
- Targeted case finding among high risk groups and key populations (informal settlements, prisoners, migrants, miners and other working men, First Nations/indigenous people, others)
- Strengthen diagnosis and treatment of TB and HIV among children
- Adherence support
- Linkage to care and retention in care
3. Examples of TB and HIV programmes working with other sectors across the SDGs to address the socioeconomic and structural drivers of TB and HIV:
- Address stigma and discrimination as barriers to accessing diagnosis and treatment
- Address the gender disparities in risk of TB and HIV and access to prevention care and treatment
- Assessing the legal environment for TB to minimised the barriers to treatment and care and identify alternatives to compulsory quarantine and treatment
- Protect and promote human rights, the right to health and universal health coverage
- Poverty alleviation strategies to reduce risk of TB and HIV
- Work in other sectors to reduce impact of HIV and TB e.g. in prisons, agriculture, education, food security
The submissions must be made using an online submission form by COB Monday 7 May 2018.
The English version of the submission form can be accessed here: