Stop TB Partnership

Stop TB Partnership at AIDS 2014

Update: Read about the outcomes from the AIDS 2014 conference here

The 2014 International AIDS Conference will take place 20-25th July 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.

AIDS 2014 is a critical meeting for both the AIDS and TB community. TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV and one in five HIV-related deaths is caused by TB. Stop TB and its partners are working together to ensure that ending the TB-HIV epidemic is a major theme at AIDS 2014.

Highlights include:

The TB/HIV Networking Zone: For the first time the International AIDS Conference will feature a dedicated zone for TB-HIV. Coordinated by leading TB and HIV organizations, the zone will provide a space for experts, advocates, affected communities, policy makers and donors to come together and chart a way forward to address these deadly diseases together. Visit the zone website and download a full schedule of events for the zone.

Changing the Conversation Around TB and HIV: The Partnership will host an interactive satellite session on the evening of Tuesday, 22 July on amplifying the conversation on TB, rebranding TB for the 21st century and the new Global Plan for TB for 2016-2020. View details for the event here.

Partner’s Putting TB on the Agenda: The WHO TB Department will host a high-level consultation, ‘Eliminating TB Deaths: Time to Step-Up the HIV Response’ on Sunday 20th July (view the event details here). The World Bank is hosting an event and reception on ‘Learning the Lessons from HIV for Improved TB Control and Beyond’ on Thursday 24th July from 1830-2030. Details can be found here. Many other organizations will be organizing TB sessions at the TB-HIV Networking zone.

AIDS 2014 Interfaith Pre-Conference: The Stop TB Partnership Executive Secretary Dr Lucica Ditiu will represent the TB community at the Interfaith-Pre-Conference to build links with faith leaders and raise awareness on the need for action against TB/HIV epidemic. Details on the conference can be found here.

High-Level TB Leadership: The Honourable Minister of Health of South Africa and Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Board, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, will be attending AIDS 2014 and representing the TB community at several key events. The Minister will host a dinner for African leaders on 19th July to discuss the dual TB/HIV epidemic in Africa. On 20th July the Minister will speak on a panel focusing on scaling up AIDS treatment with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul, and US Global AIDS Ambassador Deborah Birx.

Building Links with the AIDS community: The Partnership will launch a new factsheet at the conference on the joint TB-HIV epidemic which can be downloaded here. The Partnership will also host a number of additional sessions, including sessions at the TB-HIV Networking Zone and the Faith Networking Zone at the AIDS 2014 Global Village. Dr. Lucica Ditiu will also be speaking at several AIDS 2014 sessions during the conference.

For full updates during the AIDS 2014 Conference, follow us on twitter at @stoptb and use the hashtag #TBHIV. For additional details or inquiries, please contact us here.