Developing Countries: HIV Infection

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Nye Baroness Nye Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the Department for International Development's bilateral HIV programmes actively incorporate (1) screening for, and (2) diagnosis of, tuberculosis.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the Department for International Development's bilateral HIV programmes seek to prevent tuberculosis among people living with HIV through (1) infection control, (2) active case finding, and (3) initiation of preventative therapies.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the HIV and tuberculosis co-ordinating bodies in countries where the Department for International Development has a bilateral HIV programme are (1) developing integrated tuberculosis and HIV services, and (2) carrying out joint tuberculosis and HIV planning.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for International Development on 5 March (HC Deb, col 879), what is the timeframe for integrating collaborative tuberculosis and HIV activities into all Department for International Development HIV programmes.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

Last year’s review of our 2011 HIV Position Paper highlighted integrated responses to tackling HIV and tuberculosis co-infection as a key area of current and on-going work.

DFID health advisers are aware of the package of collaborative TB and HIV activities recommended by WHO and are able to discuss these with the TB and HIV control programmes in the countries we support. However due to our current financial and management information systems we are unable to report on the specific interventions requested without incurring disproportionate cost.

Increasingly the Global Fund is the main financing mechanism for the UK’s support to TB and HIV. DFID has been strongly involved in the recent Global Fund requirement for countries burdened by the two diseases to put forward a unified and integrated application for joint TB-HIV programmes.

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