The TB/HIV Working Group
The TB/HIV Working Group, whose Secretariat is provided by the Global Tuberculosis Programme at WHO, was established in 2001 with the aim to coordinate, monitor, advise, collect and share information around the global response to the HIV associated TB epidemic.
The HIV pandemic presents a massive challenge to the global control of TB at all levels. Globally, TB is also the commonest presenting illness among people living with HIV (PLHIV) both before and after receiving antiretroviral therapy. The Working Group developed a core set of policy and program guidance based on the best available evidence to reduce the impact of the TB and HIV epidemics (Interim policy on collaborative TB/HIV activities, 2004 subsequently updated to the WHO Policy on collaborative TB/HIV activities). WHO began to monitor implementation of collaborative TB/HIV activities in 2004. In 2005, key TB/HIV elements were included in the WHO standard data collection form sent to 199 countries.
Ambassador Eric Goosby MD is Chair of the working group. Read more
TB/HIV Core Group
The Core Group (CG) aims to facilitate and accelerate decision making and guide the strategic direction of the Working Group. The Core Group is made up of institutional and individual members.
Standing members of the Core Group are individuals from organizations with a track record of demonstrable global commitment, ongoing global policy and implementation work, and resources for TB/HIV.
Current standing member organizations for 2008-2013 include:
- Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC)
- a community representative (rotating post)
- Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic (CREATE)
- Family Health International (FHI 360)
- Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
- International AIDS Society (IAS)
- International Union Against TB and Lung Diseases (the Union)
- KNCV TB Foundation
- National Institutes of Health, USA (NIH)
- Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC)
- Treatment Action Group (TAG)
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Joint UN Programme on AIDS, (UNAIDS)
- The World Bank
- The chair of the Infection Control sub-Group (rotating post)
Rotating individual members of the Core Group are invited to join the Core Group based on their individual capacity, outstanding skills and contribution they will bring to the mission of the Working Group and the cause of TB/HIV. They will have a three year rotating membership into the Core Group and they will serve a maximum of two terms. Six of the rotating individual membership posts will be held by National AIDS or TB control program managers who will be selected based on their individual merit and added value they will bring to the Working Group.