Key Asks from TB Stakeholder and Communities presented at the Harm Reduction Academy

16-20 April 2018, Kiev, Ukraine - The Stop TB Partnership highlighted correlation and importance of the "Key Asks" for improving TB prevention and treatment in harm reduction to the participants from international, national and local organizations who implement and support harm reduction programs.

The four-day working sessions organized by the Harm Reduction Academy (HRA) encouraged participants to reflect on how the "Key Asks" can translate in concrete actions to support People Who Use Drugs (PWUD), think about ways to raise awareness about TB in the PWUD population and create partnerships to ensure effectiveness.

The five TB "Key Asks" announced last week in New York by stakeholders and communities, are priority actions that have been developed through a combined extensive engagement with the global TB stakeholders and communities, including UN agencies, high-burden TB countries, donors, civil society, people affected by TB, and the private sector. It is crucial that the aspiration of the TB Stakeholders and Communities are considered to inform the content of the Zero Draft and the subsequent final Political Declaration that will be endorsed at the UNHLM on September 26th to achieve the goal of ending TB by 2030.

Academy participants also discussed how best to promote and integrate TB screening and testing alongside HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in one single campaign package with widest media outreach.

The HRA is a global learning, dialogue and skills building course established with the vision to end HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs.

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