Wednesday, 8 June
Ending Tuberculosis deaths among people living with HIV: Time for Action
08:00 – 09:30
Venue: UN Conference Room 7
The World Health Organization, in collaboration with the Stop TB Partnership, will convene a Ministerial Panel side-event in conjunction with the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. In an era of ART scale-up, tuberculosis (TB) is still the main cause of hospitalization and deaths among people living with HIV. In 2014, a third of all HIV-related deaths were estimated to be due to TB. The 2016 High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS provides a unique opportunity to highlight the problem of HIV-associated TB at the highest political level, and to craft actions that will end the unacceptably high level of deaths among people living with HIV due to a curable disease. It will also create an opportunity to renew commitment from national governments and other critical stakeholders to catalyse action and eliminate TB deaths among people living with HIV. The overall aim of the side-event is to catalyse and intensify efforts in the response to end TB deaths among people living with HIV through firm political commitment, strong country ownership and adequate investments.
Focal point: Annabel Baddeley, email@example.com