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UNAIDS urges governments to ensure that HIV service providers from community-led organizations are recognized as essential service providers in the context of COVID-19

Community-led health service delivery has become even more critical in the context of COVID-19, as the needs of marginalized community members and the burden on the health sector are increasing, making it vital that continued provision of HIV, TB and other health services is secured.

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The cost of inaction

COVID-19-related service disruptions could cause hundreds of thousands of extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses, including from TB.

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Innovative and people-empowered approaches to end TB deaths

There is clear urgency for bringing quality and effective tuberculosis (TB) prevention, treatment and care closer to communities. These efforts should entail empowering communities to use innovative community-based TB services, which have been shown to have a high impact and to be cost-effective.

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UNAIDS: Tuberculosis — good progress, but not enough

As the world is commemorating World TB Day on 24 March in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to remember that we need to sustain services for addressing TB epidemics and TB/HIV coinfections globally. There is still a US$ 3.3 billion yearly funding shortfall for TB prevention and care.

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TB-related deaths among people living with HIV falling, but not by enough

Even though tuberculosis (TB) is preventable and curable, it is the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming around 4400 lives a day. TB also remains the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, causing one in three AIDS-related deaths. However, progress has been made―TB-related deaths among people living with HIV peaked in 2005, at 600 000 deaths; since then, they have halved, to 300 000 in 2017.

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Leveraging technology and innovation to end AIDS and TB

Leaders from both the private and public sectors have called for fresh investment models for new technologies and the smarter roll-out of innovations to end AIDS and tuberculosis by 2030.

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UNAIDS reports mixed progress towards reaching the 2020 target of reducing TB deaths among people living with HIV by 75%

Five countries met the target three years ahead of the 2020 deadline and 18 more are on track; however, most countries are lagging behind and risk missing the target completely. UNAIDS urges countries to step up action.   

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Countries in eastern Europe and central Asia agree to expand access to a range of medicines

On 22 November, at a meeting held in Minsk, Belarus, countries from across eastern Europe and central Asia signed the Statement on Expanding Access to Affordable and Quality Assured Medicines and Diagnostic Technologies for HIV, Tuberculosis and Viral Hepatitis (Minsk 2).

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UNAIDS side lunch event during the Interactive Civil Society Hearing on TB

During the Interactive Civil Society Hearing on TB on June 4 at the UN Headquarters in New York, UNAIDS is organizing a civil society-focused lunchtime event on community responses to TB/HIV. All are welcome.

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Call for submission of country case studies on TB and HIV for thematic segment of the 42nd UNAIDS PCB

At its 41st meeting, the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board (PCB) agreed that the theme for its 42nd meeting will be: “Ending tuberculosis and AIDS – a joint response in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals”

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