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Integrated Care, Including TB, HIV Services, Vital For Health Of Women, Children

Huffington Post: Tackle TB to Reduce Maternal Deaths: No Time for Complacency
Eric Goosby, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on tuberculosis

“…There is immense opportunity presented by antenatal and mother and child health clinics for increasing access to TB and HIV services, and, thereby, reducing preventable mortality among mother and child. However, this opportunity is squandered if we do not have integrated services. … As delegates gather together at the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen this month to discuss how to make development matter most for girls and women, TB and HIV-associated TB, clearly cutting across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), must have a place in these discussions. … Strategic partnerships and synergies across the health system and within communities must be fostered to maximize entry points to TB prevention and care for women. … We must establish integrated health systems that address all of the health needs of mothers and their children. And we must hold all stakeholders accountable for the delivery of comprehensive services, including TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Only then, can we begin to say that we are delivering real results for women in need across the globe” (5/15).

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