Regional Strategies

SAARC Regional Strategy on Advocacy, Communication & Social Mobilization for TB and HIV/AIDS


1Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) are an integral part of TB and HIV/AIDS care and control activities. ACSM activities can highlight and bring to focus key areas that are essential to control TB and HIV/AIDS; mobilize resources required for these key areas through collaborative approaches; increase awareness about TB and HIV/AIDS and the visibility of available services; and empower communities to be a partner, in decision-making process and in monitoring the quality of services and generate demand for quality treatment and care.

The Member States in the SAARC Region have already prepared and are implementing strategies for TB and HIV/AIDS control. ACSM activities are closely linked to all components of these strategies. ACSM can catalyze the interventions linked to each and every component of the TB and HIV/AIDS strategy.

SAARC Regional Strategy on TB/HIV Co-infection

2TBand HIV are closely interlinked. TB is a leading cause of HIV-related morbidity and mortality. HIV is the most important factor fuelling the TB epidemic in populations with a high HIV prevalence. Collaboration between TB and HIV/AIDS programmes is crucial in supporting general health services providers. These providers need support in delivering the full range of HIV and TB prevention and care interventions. To counteract the impact of HIV on TB, other interventions are required apart from effective TB case-finding and cure.

 SAARC Regional Strategy on HIV/AIDS

3The SAARC Regional strategy on HIV/AIDS has been developed through an extensive consultative process with the Member States, UNAIDS and its other co-sponsors, members of the Expert Group Committee and others. The vision of the strategy is to halt and reverse the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS, to commit leaders to lead the fight against HIV and AIDS and to provide People Living with HIV and AIDS access to affordable treatment and care and enjoy a dignified life. The regional strategy is to guide the regional response to the epidemic.

SAARC Regional Strategy for Control/Elimination of Tuberculosis

In line with STOP TB Partnership Strategy, STAC has developed SAARC Regional Strategy for Control/Elimination of TB for   achieving MDG of reducing disease burden of TB to half by 2015, and finally its elimination by 2050. The strategy will be implemented for a period of Five years, 2013-2017.

The SAARC Regional Strategy is developed with the joint efforts and inputs of all the SAARC Member States to address the challenges and issues in the context of the region and Member States.


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