Since its inception in 1992, STAC has taken up the challenges of combating the threats of Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in the SAARC Region, being the coordinating Centre for National Tuberculosis Control Programmes (NTPs) and National HIV/AIDS Control Programmes (NACPs) in the SAARC Member States.
The Centre has developed regional strategies pertaining to TB/HIV co-infection, its Vision Document, Advocacy, Communication & Social Mobilization (ACSM) Strategy, SAARC Regional Strategy on HIV and AIDS and SAARC Regional Strategy on Control/Elimination of Tuberculosis. The STAC also organizes Trainings, Workshops, Meetings, Seminars, Conferences, advocacy & awareness campaign for prevention & control of TB & HIV/AIDS, conducts research on TB & HIV/AIDS, publishes technical documents like peer reviewed SAARC Journal, disseminates the regional epidemiological information at regional and global level, supports NTPs & NACPs of Member States in review and evaluation of their programmes.
The Library as a resource centre for TB, HIV/AIDS & Chest Diseases in the region is being updated with the Audio-Visual section.
SAARC Regional TB Reference Laboratory (STRL) is being strengthened with lab network in SAARC Member States. The STRL has been performing quality assurance of sputum smear microcopy activities in National TB Reference Laboratories of SAARC Member States. With the inauguration of new building of STAC, SAARC Supra Reference Laboratory is under process to establish.
The Centre is also a collaborating Centre of World Health Organization (WHO). In collaboration with UNAIDS, strategy for the control of HIV/AIDS in the region has been developed and is under implementation. Strategy for TB/HIV Co-infection developed in collaboration with Health Canada is also under implementation.
SAARC Goodwill Ambassador Programmes have been very effective for generating Advocacy & Awareness relating to HIV/AIDS in the Region. Ms. Shabana Azmi, SAARC Goodwill Ambassador during her tenure did tremendous jobs on advocacy & awareness in Nepal & Bhutan.
Ms. Runa Laila, Bangladesh, Shri Ajay Devgan, India, Ms. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan have been selected Goodwill Ambassadors for Advocacy & Awareness on HIV/AIDS in SAARC Member States.
I am confident that our website will help the internet users to obtain comprehensive understanding about TB & HIV/AIDS in SAARC Region. Further, I believe that this website will provide platform for discussion and sharing knowledge and opinion for interested parties and will extend an opportunity for potential partners to extend their help in our efforts to control TB and HIV/AIDS in the SAARC Region.
Dr. R. P. Bichha
SAARC TB & HIV/AIDS Centre