SAARC Conferences on TB, HIV/AIDS & Respiratory Diseases

SAARC Second Conference 2008

SAARC Second Conference on TB, HIV/AIDS and Respiratory Diseases was organized in Kathmandu, Nepal, 15-18 December 2008. The theme of the conference was “Working together to fight against TB, HIV/AIDS & Respiratory Diseases”. More than Six hundred participants and 50 Regional and International Resource Persons and Programme Managers participated in the conference. More than 200 scientific papers were presented in the conference.

SAARC Awareness Year & 1st Conference 2004

Pursuant to the decision of the Twelfth SAARC Summit held in Islamabad from 4 to 6 January 2004 to observe the year 2004 as the “SAARC Awareness Year for TB and HIV/AIDS” the SAARC TB Centre carried out the following activities:

Activities organized in the observance of SAARC Awareness Year 2004

SAARC 1st Conference 2004


In observance of SAARC Awareness Year for TB and HIV/AIDS, SAARC TB Centre organized First SAARC Conference on TB, HIV/AIDS and Respiratory Diseases from Dec 14 to 17, 2004 in Kathmandu.

Audio-visual documentary on advocacy on TB and HIV/AIDS:

In observance of SAARC awareness year for TB and HIV/AIDS, STAC prepared and released an audio-visual documentary on advocacy for TB and HIV/AIDS in the SAARC Member States. The documentary is focused on TB and HIV/AIDS control and prevention.

Essay competition

STAC organized regional level awareness programme related to TB and HIV/AIDS and their prevention through ESSAY COMPETITION among the high school level students on the topic “The Role of School Students in Control and Prevention of TB and HIV/AIDS” in the observance of SAARC Awareness Year for TB and HIV/AIDS. Member States had sent three best essays from the essay competition organized at National level. The award of cash prize including shield, certificate and consolation prizes have been distributed to the following prizewinners:

The First prizewinner was Ms. Tanjeen Laila Jhilik from BAF Shaheen College, Jessore, Bangladesh, second prizewinner was Abhay Raj Shakya from Palpa Awasiya Secondary School, Palpa, Nepal and third prizewinner was Wishma Jeewanali Samaraweera from Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Other 12 students of the different schools received the consolation prizes.

1st Prize
Miss Tanjeen Laila Jhilik
2nd Prize
Mr. Abhay Raj Shakya
3rd Prize
Wishma J. Samaraweera
Sri Lanka

Special publications regarding SAARC awareness year 2004 for TB and HIV/AIDS in English language as well as in seven National languages and disseminate them in all Member Countries and concerned organizations:

 As a part of campaign, STAC published 2 documents:

  1. What is TB, what we should know about it? and
  2. HIV/AIDS: What Everyone Should Know About it

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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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