The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) and Results Canada are pleased to jointly launch two new resources focusing on the collaborative TB and HIV response. The resources, ‘Moving Forward from the Canadian Policy Dialogue on TB and HIV: Key Policy and Programming Considerations for the Canadian Response to TB and HIV‘ and ‘Implementing the UN Declaration on Tuberculosis: A Guide for Canadian Community Organizations Involved in the Response to TB and HIV’ are a result of a multi-sectoral policy dialogue on TB and HIV hosted by our two organizations and the work of a national Advisory Committee.
The global TB and HIV epidemics fuel each other, with TB- HIV co-infection posing a tremendous challenge to health systems, communities, and families worldwide, particularly in resource-constrained settings. While there are many intersections on social determinants of health, and TB and HIV sometimes disproportionately affect the same communities, TB and HIV work still largely operates in silos. Adding another layer of complexity, the COVID-19 pandemic challenges our communities even more in how we address the needs of people living with and at risk of TB and HIV, including those who are neglected, marginalized or criminalized. Now more than ever it is critical for the TB and HIV communities to join forces. These new resources were developed with the intention of supporting collaboration across sectors for greater impact.
Moving Forward from the Canadian Policy Dialogue on TB and HIV: Key Policy and Programming Considerations for the Canadian Response to TB and HIV
This resource is the result of multi-sectoral policy dialogue on TB and HIV which brought together participants from several sectors, working in many parts of Canada and internationally, including people with lived experience and those most affected in Canada, namely Indigenous and newcomers. Their collective perspectives, experience and wisdom provided an important foundation from which to enhance the TB-HIV response in Canada and was the beginning of an important dialogue in Canada between the two sectors. The resource outlines 12 key policy and programming considerations to inform discussion on ways to move forward in the Canadian response to TB and HIV within Canada and globally. Each consideration is accompanied by potential actions to serve as next steps.
Implementing the UN Declaration on Tuberculosis: A Guide for Canadian Community Organizations Involved in the Response to TB and HIV
The Political Declaration on Tuberculosis is a turning point in generating the necessary political awareness and financial commitments to end TB. With TB being the number one killer of people living with HIV, the two diseases are closely linked. This guide calls on the TB and HIV communities to join forces for a collaborative response. In order to see real success, governments must commit the resources and policies necessary to drive implementation in their countries at national, regional, and local levels to reach the targets laid out in the Political Declaration. This guide presents a breakdown of the Political Declaration for a Canadian audience, which includes those working to end TB within Canada and around the world. This document is the next step in our fight against TB. It is intended to be used by community members, practitioners, civil servants, civil society, and others as a guide for Canada to push for accountability in the implementation of the Political Declaration.