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The World Health Organization End TB Strategy is fully aligned with the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Both require due attention to equity, human rights and ethics. In fact, “protecting human rights, ethics and equity” is one of the four key principles of the WHO End TB Strategy. The SDG agenda itself is inspired by a simple motto: “Leave no one behind”. Ensuring that these essential principles guide the implementation of the End TB Strategy is a must, especially when tuberculosis (TB) is rampant among the most vulnerable and marginalized populations everywhere in the world.
The Annual Report of SAARC TB and HIV/AIDS Centre is being presented indicating the programmes, activities and achievements of the year 2016.
Drug-resistant TB is part of the growing challenge of antimicrobial resistant superbugs that do not respond to existing medications, resulting in fewer treatment options and increasing mortality rates for illnesses that would ordinarily be curable — including TB. Global development partners must move faster to contain this threat of antimicrobial resistance before it escalates to claim millions of lives around the world.
UNAIDS calls for the elimination of TB deaths among people living with HIV and for health systems to be strengthened and services integrated to allow for a more rapid scale-up of HIV and TB programming. Countries must expand HIV prevention and treatment programmes that include regular TB screening, preventive therapy and early treatment, since they are simple, affordable and effective programmes that prevent TB deaths.
2016 was a year in which the world faced many major challenges, including disease outbreaks, humanitarian emergencies, and momentous political shifts. The global health community was challenged to ensure the health of the world’s poorest citizens was not forgotten among the headlines. Our task now is to remind the world that investing in health is not an optional luxury, but an essential element to human and economic development.
Keywords: TB, HIV/AIDS, Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR), monitoring, funding
This report is an excellent review of the current status and future plans for the control of TB in the SAARC Region. It includes information on burden of tuberculosis in the SAARC region, including incidence, mortality along with the MDR-TB, TB/HIV confection etc. It also covers the information of the year 2014 and has been prepared on the basis of information collected from member countries during the year 2015 and by reviewing other related documents.
This is the fifteenth Report on Tuberculosis (TB) situation of SAARC Region which is being published by SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre (STAC) in a series that started in 2003, which includes a compilation of regional and country-specific achievements, challenges and plans. The main purpose of the report is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress made in TB care and control at Global, SAARC Region and Member States level.
A confluence of biologic and social conditions creates the ‘perfect storm’ for the interaction of silicosis, HIV and TB in the mining industry. This phenomenon is best documented in the mining industry of South Africa, but evidence is emerging that similar patterns are developing elsewhere. However, research outside of sub-Saharan Africa is sparse, thus limiting the understanding of the need for interventions.
HIV-TB training module is developed in coordination with NACO and the Central TB Division to build the capacity of the staff of the programme’s Sub Recipient partner organizations who in turn will train the staff of CSCs to address this key health priority. This training module covers the skills and strategies required in Vihaan staff at every level to ensure that HIV-TB co-infection is promptly and properly addressed. While emphasis is made on responding to the needs of clients at service level, the module will also describe coordination mechanisms developed at national, state and district level.
This document is prepared to provide information about best practices on treatment, care and support on Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in SAARC Member States. Best practices comprise examples of programmes, projects and activities that have been shown to contribute towards making interventions successful. We have made maximum efforts to focus on the detail information on the “Best Practices” and epidemiological information about Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS situation in SAARC Member States.