TB/HIV 2020 Symposium

4th TB/HIV pre-conference. Turning Threats into Opportunities: Implementing and Maintaining Quality TB Services for People Living with HIV in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond.

Meeting overview

At a time when COVID-19 threatens the hard-won gains against TB, HIV, and person-centered, inclusive and quality healthcare, we must put the policies and tools in place and innovate to ensure sustained and quality services for HIV, TB and HIV-related TB that can benefit people now and in the future. This meeting is focused on reducing the TB burden among people living with HIV in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, minimizing the threat and maximizing the opportunities.

About half of the estimated TB cases among people living with HIV are not diagnosed and treated. Differentiated service delivery models for chronic diseases have been successfully developed and used for HIV care. Lessons learnt are now being applied to HIV-related TB and COVID-19, along with integrated active case finding for those not yet diagnosed. During the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative care delivery models and new tools are needed to ensure uninterrupted quality service delivery and build on the gains made towards global and national targets and commitments. At the same time, it is important to ensure TB, HIV and COVID-19 responses are rights-based, gender sensitive, free from stigma and discrimination and focused on the people with the greatest need from key, vulnerable and marginalized populations.

This pre-meeting seeks to summarize the innovative programmatic approaches and technologies that can be used to sustain and ensure quality of care for people living with HIV with TB infection or TB disease, and leverage the roll-out of diagnostic screening, decentralized models and digital health solutions to improve case finding and subsequent care.

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  • Recognize key global commitments and targets expressed in the political declarations from the United Nations High-Level Meetings on HIV and TB in relation to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB among people living with HIV.
  • Highlight the gaps in finding, diagnosing and treating TB among people living with HIV and discuss best practices to address these gaps, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Share information on availability and use of new tools for prevention of TB in people living with HIV.
  • Discuss actions and tools to use to promote and protect human rights, including the elimination of stigma and discrimination in TB, HIV and COVID-19 responses.

Past pre-meeting material may be found here: http://www.iasociety.org/HIV-Programmes/Programmes/HIV-Co-Infections-and-Co-Morbidities/Events


  • Dr. Beatriz Grinsztejn
    • Head of the Laboratory of Clinical Research on AIDS and STDs at INI/Fiocruz, Brazil
    • IAS Governing Council member
  • Yogan Pillay
    • Country Director for CHAI, South Africa, and Senior Advisor on Universal Health Coverage for CHAI globally
    • Formerly DDG for Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases, South African Department of Health

Organizing committee

  • Sevim Ahmedov, USAID (USA)
  • Suvanand Sahu, Shinichi Takenaka, James Malar and Lucica Ditiu, Stop TB Partnership (Switzerland)
  • Satvinder Singh, HIV Department, World Health Organization (Switzerland)
  • Shannon Hader and Alasdair Reid, UNAIDS
  • Timur Abdullaev, TBPeople global network (Uzbekistan)
  • Wim Vandevelde, GNP+ (South Africa)
  • Paula Fujiwara, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (USA)
  • Adeeba Kamarulzaman, University of Malaysia and in-coming IAS President (Malaysia)
  • Teri Roberts, International AIDS Society (Switzerland)

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Call to action for a coordinated HIV and TB response to reach 6 million people living with HIV with tuberculosis preventive treatment

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