UNAIDS and Stop TB Partnership to collaborate

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS and the Stop TB Partnership recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work collaboratively for the next three years.

The organizations have committed to jointly developing a work plan and to commit to achieving three major objectives in the next three years - to increase political assurances and resource mobilization for TB/HIV; strengthen the capacity and engagement of civil society organizations, communities and the private sector; and help the most afflicted countries to integrate TB/HIV services.

The memorandum signed by UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership says the parties will take action to strategically address the burden of TB among those with HIV.

"TB is preventable and curable at low cost, yet we still have one in four AIDS-related deaths caused by TB, and this is outrageous," Dr. Lucica Ditiu, the executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, said. "Countries have yet to fully implement the actions needed to address the co-epidemic.

"Through a new agreement UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership have committed to a strong agenda of action, engaging new partners and assisting the most heavily affected countries as they integrate their HIV and TB services and build action plans."