World Health Organization Calls for Interaction Between TB, HIV/AIDS Programs
January 7, 2003
In "Analysis of Interaction Between TB and HIV/AIDS Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa," a report released Monday, the World Health Organization called for increased interaction between TB and HIV/AIDS programs to raise public awareness of the connection between the diseases. Due to the impact of HIV-related TB in sub-Saharan Africa, agencies are increasingly considering and promoting program collaboration, which has the potential to lead to significant public health gains, the report said. Barriers to such collaboration include a lack of political commitment at the international and national levels, different program structures, cultures and philosophies, and separate funding. Up to 70 percent of TB patients in sub-Saharan Africa are co-infected with HIV.Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.