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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