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STAC Library as SAARC Regional Resource Centre of TB and HIV/AIDS

resource-centerA Library has been established with the purpose of providing information on TB and HIV/AIDS as a Regional Resource Centre for TB and HIV/AIDS. It is located at ground floor of   SAARC TB and HIV/AIDS Centre, Thimi, Bhaktapur, Nepal . Books, journals, newspapers, reports and other related publications are catalogued for the use of TB control workers, researchers, specialists, medical practitioners, students, journalists and general people seek information on TB & HIV/AIDS. The Library has also an Audio Visual segment to provide the information.


Services of Library:

Computerized Retrieval Service:

Currently the library has the created database of about 1000 records of its collection. The users can browse database by author, title, subject, classification number and key-words.

Lending Service:

The library lends its books to the users as per the rules and regulation of the Centre.

Audio/Visual Service:

The library has A/V materials on TB & HIV/AIDS.

Collection Development:

  •  Books
  •  Research/Thesis Reports
  •  DHS Annual Reports
  •  Global Health  Reports
  •  Environment Health Criteria
  •  WHO Technical Health Series
  •  SAARC Member Country Collection
  •  WHO publications

International Journal Subscribed:

–  Lancet


– Clinics in Chest Medicine

– India Journal of Chest Disease & Allied Sciences

– International Journal of STD & AIDS

– The National Medical Journal of India

National Journals:

– A Journal of Nepalgunj Medical College

– Journal of Nepal Health Research Council Journal of Nepal Medical Association

– Kathmandu University Medical Journal

– Nepal Medical College Journal

– Nepalese Journal of Microbiology

– Journal of College of Medical Science Nepal

Future Plan

The STAC shall upgrade its Regional Resource Centre. The capacity of the existing resource Centre shall be increased through staff training, expanding the availability of relevant text materials, journals, newsletters, archiving periodicals, online search engines such as “Medline” etc.

In addition to the above, the STAC shall upgrade the epidemiological section of the STAC by innovating a mechanism to obtain updated data on TB, HIV/AIDS and TB/HIV Co-infection at the earliest possible from the Member States.

The STAC shall upgrade the quality of the peer-reviewed journal issued biannually to an indexed journal at least by the end of next two years. This journal shall be distributed to the recognized academic institutions in all eight Member States in order to attract researchers to publish their articles. The journal will be distributed to National Programmes, National Level Institutes, relevant authorities of Member States, National Archives of all eight Member Countries and as per request.

The STAC shall generate the Resource Materials on TB, HIV/AIDS, TB/HIV Co-infection and on related subjects in order to serve the Member States in combating TB and HIV/AIDS epidemics. The Resource Materials will be widely distributed to the relevant institutes and individuals as per request for the benefit of the region.

The quality of the publications produced and disseminated by STAC shall be upgraded and used as a medium to disseminate updated, good quality, reliable data to the Member States.

STAC shall provide online limited access to important designated persons of the Member States working for the National Programmes. Online limited access may also be provided to the voluntary organizations working for control of TB & HIV/AIDS in the region and beyond. STAC shall establish an Audio-Visual Section in order to support the National TB and HIV/AIDS Control Programmes of the Member States in teaching and training the technical staff as well as in making the vulnerable populations and general population aware on the important and relevant aspects of TB and HIV/AIDS.

STAC shall update its website in such a way to support the Member States to extract the important information on TB and HIV/AIDS efficiently. The STAC shall make its website more dynamic, user friendly and interactive.

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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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