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Strengthening HIV-TB collaboration in India

10
MAR
2011

Two attendees at the workshop (c) Aids Alliance

The Alliance linking organizations in India, LEPRA and Alliance India jointly hosted a workshop to strengthen TB-HIV integration in Andhra Pradesh in India from the 3 to 5 March 2011.

The participants included representatives from INGOS, the World Health Organisation (WHO), state government, community based organizations, local NGOs and networks of people living with HIV. Key priorities were identified for scaling up intensified HIV-TB package of services, capacity building related to HIV TB co-infection at different levels, and strengthening the involvement of NGOs, community based organisations and networks of people living with HIV in TB HIV collaborative activities.

The workshop noted the high burden of TB and HIV disease in India, which requires concerted and collaborative effort from both HIV and TB actors.  TB was noted to be the most frequent cause of death amongst people living with HIV not only in India but the world over.

The workshop also guided the development of policy papers which will be used for different civil society stakeholders to advocate for strengthened TB –HIV collaboration at different levels in India.