Integration Of TB-HIV Services, Civil Society Engagement Vital To Ending Both Diseases

Inter Press Service: HIV-TB Connection: Key to Ending Infections
Tom Maguire, communications manager at RESULTS U.K.

“…Globally, progress is being made to integrate TB-HIV services. … The recent integration of the two programs is already helping to identify more cases of both diseases and ensure those that are living with TB/HIV co-infection are put on an appropriate course of treatment. … Civil society organizations (CSOs) and peer educators … play a leading role in the fight to end the world’s two deadliest infectious disease and ensuring no group or individual gets left behind. But their efforts are futile unless governments and donors ensure those that need treatment can access it. … On the road to the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, advocates are using the AIDS conference to highlight the deadly link between HIV and TB … and to make it clear that attaining the Sustainable Development Goals rests heavily on how well societies understand and treat these diseases” (7/24).