Press Briefing Via Conference Call on Breakthrough UN Forum on Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS

Global Leaders To Sound the Alarm on Growing Co-Pandemic; Declare We Can Stop The Biggest Killer of People Living with HIV



On June 9, world leaders and members of the global health community will meet for the first time at the United Nations for a Global Leaders Forum on both TB and HIV/AIDS. The Forum is meant to draw attention to the ever-more dangerous relationship between the two diseases, particularly in the developing world as drug-resistant TB spreads across Africa. Leaders will share evidence from several countries that we can scale up to ensure universal access to high quality TB/HIV care and call on the rest of the world to catch up.


Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director, Stop TB Department, WHO

Dr. Kevin DeCock, Director, WHO Department of HIV/AIDS

Zackie Achmat, Founder, Treatment Action Campaign

Lucy Chesire, TB/HIV patient activist from Kenya

Moderated by Sir David Frost


Monday, June 9, 12:00 noon ET by teleconference.


To sign up or for further information, please contact Robyn Shepherd at (202) 783-7100 x120 (cell: (267) 230-7651) or by e-mail at [email protected]. On the day of the call, participants should dial (877) 719-9789 (U.S. and Canada) and ask for the “TB-HIV Press Conference.”


Long regarded in developed countries as a disease of the past, tuberculosis is currently devastating communities in the world’s most impoverished countries. TB and HIV/AIDS are, today, combining into a single massive threat. On the eve of the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, former President of Portugal and current UN Envoy to Stop TB Jorge Sampaio will call leaders of the world together to discuss the need to combat the combined TB-HIV pandemic.

AIDS activists and health experts are calling for a joint solution on TB and HIV so that people are not “living with AIDS but dying of TB” – a disease with a cure for half a century. New information from the WHO in countries like Rwanda and Kenya shows that scale up toward universal testing and treatment is possible in only a few years. Civil society groups are now calling for universal access to high quality TB-HIV care – which they say is possible by 2015 and could cut deaths from TB by 80 percent.

This conference will include a discussion about what the U.S. (in the context of PEPFAR reauthorization currently being held up in the U.S. Senate) and Canadian governments could be doing on TB/HIV.


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