ALBUM SAARC Training on GGeneXpert Machine Operation and Maintenanace Training for Laboratory Personnel, 6 -8 August, 2019
ALBUM Study Tour on TB and HIV program from NTP Srilanka.  11-13 Dec, 2018
ALBUM GB Meeting 4-5 Dec, 2018
ALBUM SAARC Regional Meeting of Programme Managers on Cross Border Issue of TB and HIV/AIDS at Thimphu, Bhutan from 29th to 31st May, 2017
ALBUM SAARC Regional Training on Operational Research on TB and HIV/AIDS, 12 – 16 July, New Delhi, India
ALBUM Workshop on Piloting the SAARC Regional Pediatric TB Guidelines & ToT Manual, Sept. 2016, Kathmandu

ALBUM World TB Day/SAARC TB Day 2016 – Interaction Programme with BPH Students

ALBUM World TB Day 2016, Joint Programme organized at Thimi, Bhaktapur on 24th March 2016

ALBUM  SAARC Charter Day 2015 – Interaction Program with Students and Teachers
ALBUM World TB Day 2015
ALBUM SAARC Regional Training on Leadership & Strategic Management on TB & HIV/AIDS, Nov. 2014, Maldives
ALBUM Interaction Program with Nursing Students on the occasion of World TB Day 2014 at STAC
ALBUM World AIDS Day 2013 Programme with NFWLHA and JMMS, Kathmandu, Nepal
ALBUM MIFA training jointly organized by Government of Sri Lanka and STAC in Colombo 2013
ALBUM Hon’ble Health and Family Welfare Minister talking to Ms. Runa Laila, SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS
ALBUM Advocacy and Awareness Programme on TB Control with Nursing Students on the Occasion of World TB Day 2013
ALBUM Building Inauguration, Inaugurated by Hon’ble Health Minister

ALBUM of Laying of Foundation Stone of STAC Proposed Building

ALBUM SAARC Expert Group Meeting to finalize the draft SAARC Strategy for Elimination of TB
ALBUM  Celebration of SAARC Charter Day in Kathmandu by SAARC TB and HIV/AIDS Centre – 2012
ALBUM Visit of Ms. Shabana Azmi, SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS & TB
ALBUM SAARC Second Conference on TB, HIV/AIDS & Respiratory Diseases, 15-18 Dec. 2008, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Message of H.E. Secretary General-SAARC-on the occasion World TB Day 2022

“Invest to End TB. Save Lives.”   

Every Year, the World TB Day is observed on 24 March to commemorate the discovery of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis by Dr. Robert Koch in 1882. This Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness; sensitize communities for broader commitment from all stakeholders; and gather support from various collaborating partners for the fight against this menace.

TB is still a leading infectious killer disease despite a substantial investment for its treatment and prevention. The major causes for high cases of TB are rapid urbanization, high-density of population, air pollution (indoor and outdoor) and migration with drastically rising incidences of diabetes, escalating drug resistance, and an unregulated private health sector. Similarly, social determinants of health, such as education, employment, social support, family income and nutrition, also augment the TB incidence.

While we are still battling with COVID-19, many parts of the SAARC region are facing severe economic and social situations. This has adversely affected anti-TB activities of the Member States. There are funding gaps for TB activities, which are further exacerbated by economic setbacks triggered by the pandemic, while additional funding is required to build back effectively from its adverse impacts. The theme chosen by the World Health Organization for this year’s World TB Day, “Invest to End TB. Save
Lives.” is, therefore, very significant.

I congratulate the SAARC Tuberculosis and HIVIAIDS Centre (STAC) for facilitating the regional campaign to control TB through active involvement of the National Programmes of the Member States of SAARC, which have adopted WHO,s Global Stop TB Partnership strategy, envisioning a TB-free world by 2030.However, the national strategic plans have also been adversely affected by COVID-19, leading to an increase in TB mortality, and a decline in the number of people diagnosed and treated for TB, thereby affecting the rights of people with TB.

Though the recent achievements of the Member States in TB control are encour agrng, there is a greater need to ensure effective implementation of TB control activities by investing resources to achieve the 2030 target. I am confident that the esteemed Member States will make every endeavor in this respect.

Kathmandu, 24 March 2022

By : -Esala Ruwan Weerakoon

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