CNS at TB 2016 and AIDS 2016: Integrated responses are a must for achieving SDGs by 2030

[Read full report here] CNS onsite team led by Shobha Shukla (CNS Managing Editor) provided thematic conference coverage and focused its advocacy and communications around specific issues at the International TB Conference (TB 2016) and 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) held in Durban, South Africa.

Key issues under CNS spotlight included:
  • TB HIV collaborative activities, their public health impact and how critical these are in context of commitments of governments to end TB and HIV by 2030; WHO End TB Strategy and UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 targets  
  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes in context of people living with HIV and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  
  • Self-stigma (or shame): extremely neglected yet critically important to address so as to not lose gains made in fight against AIDS
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in context of key populations such as transgender people, men who have sex with men (MSM), people who use drugs (PWUDs), sex workers, among others; and SDGs; and research updates on new HIV prevention technologies (vaccines, microbicides, etc)
  • TB prevention, diagnostics, treatment and care of children living with HIV
  • Unless we ensure that affected communities are central to TB and HIV responses we will risk losing on gains made in fight against TB and HIV
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