Stop TB Partners on high-level visit to South Africa

16 July 2009 -- Johannesburg -- A Stop TB Partnership delegation on a high-level visit to South Africa were greeted today by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. They also met at length with Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, discussing the findings of the recent TB programme review led by WHO and several partners and the way forward to accelerate action on TB and TB/HIV.

Members of the high-level delegation included: Irene Koek, Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board; Dr Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership; Giorgio Roscigno, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics; Dr Stella Anyangwe, WHO Representative to South Africa; Dr Leopold Blanc, Coordinator in the WHO Stop TB Department; and Dr BAH Keita, Regional Adviser for Tuberculosis for the WHO African Region; and Catherine Sozi, UNAIDS Country Coordinator, South Africa.

The Stop TB Partnership delegation also met with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, who was visiting South Africa, and discussed TB/HIV.