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TB/HIV Community Activism, 2008

Symposium on Activist Generated Solutions

International Union against TB and Lung Disease (IUATLD) 2008

The empowerment of the community has been codified as a key component of TB control strategies, yet the full scope of this element of the strategy is yet to be fully defined. 

Treatment Action Group, International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) - East Africa, Open Society Institute and the Stop TB Partnership are a few of the organisations that are supporting the integration of TB into community-based activism that has been focused on HIV through funding and capacity building. This panel will provide examples of different strategies of TB-HIV activist engagement in policy, research, monitoring and programme implementation to strengthen TB and TB-HIV programmes efforts and the impact that the strategies have had on these efforts.  Speakers presented perspectives on the strategies and their impact and the lessons learnt.

1) increase resources for TB and TB-HIV through their activism;

2) increase community support for and participation in TB research and the translation of that research into programme policy;

3) provide services such as community-based treatment literacy and support to increase treatment success; and

4) monitor and advocate to address the gaps in policy implementation to ensure improved TB-HIV services.


Javid Syed (Treatment Action Group, USA).  e-mail:
Dorothy Namutamba (ICW- East Africa, Uganda).  e-mail:

Presentations are available in the links above:

TB-HIV policy monitoring and advocacy from a HIV institutional perspective.  Alasdair Reid (Switzerland)

Integrating TB treatment literacy into HIV support.  Carol Nyirenda (Zambia)
TB-HIV policy monitoring and advocacy from a community perspective.  Tamari Trapaidze (Republic of Georgia)

Building community support for TB-HIV research.  Ezio Tavora Santos Filho (Brazil)

Activist roles in TB-HIV resource mobilization.  Olayide Akkani (Nigeria)