Participants of the W4GF TB Advocacy Meeting, 27 - 29 Oct 2013, in Paris, France.

Participants of the W4GF TB Advocacy Meeting, 27 – 29 Oct 2013, in Paris, France.

We can’t find AIDS unless we do much more to fight TB as well.
~ Nelson Mandela

The risk of developing tuberculosis (TB) is estimated to be between 26 and 31 times greater in people living with HIV than among those without HIV infection. The Global Fund works closely with World Health Organisation and the Stop TB Partnership along with countries and relevant stakeholders, including communities and civil society to ensure that programmes and interventions in countries address the needs on TB.

The following are relevant resources available from partners and relevant stakeholders related to TB:

  1. The Stop TB Partnership Factsheet on Women and Tuberculosis
  2. Website of the World Health Organisation on Tuberculosis and HIV
  3. GBCHealth Issue Brief on Women and TB: How to Respond
  4. Global Coalition on Women and AIDS Briefing Paper on Tackling TB and HIV in Women: An Urgent Need
  5. The Global Fund Webpage on TB
  6. ACTION resource page on Women and TB and its publication – Women and Tuberculosis: Taking Action Against a Neglected Disease
  7. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Gender and TB Discussion Paper
  8. International Community of Women Living with HIV Resource Page on HIV and TB
  9. The Stop TB Partnership TB Key Populations Briefs



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