Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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Where do we stand with fighting these poverty-related diseases?

Whilst there is significant progress towards preventing HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, these infectious diseases are far from being under control. HIV/AIDS is still a burden for many countries and the numbers are on the rise in the European Region. Drug-resistant TB is a major threat to TB control worldwide. Likewise more than 3 billion people including children are at risk of contracting malaria.

Universal access to prevention and treatment are not ensured in many settings. Many patients incur catastrophic costs while seeking care and adhering to treatment, and social stigma and discrimination continue to have their impact on development.

The aim of this session is to discuss the way forward and the role that European Union can play to support reaching universal access to prevention, control and care for TB, HIV/ AIDS and Malaria beyond 2015.

Moderator: Dr Masoud Dara
Organized by World Health Organization (WHO)


Professor Michel Kazatchkine, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Mr Charles Goerens, Member of the Development Committee, European Parliament

Ms Veronique Lorenzo, Head of the Education, Health, Research, Culture Unit European Commission – DG EuropeAid

Dr Masoud Dara, Programme Manager, TB and M/XDR-TB, Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization

Mr Tim Roosen, Network Coordinator, Action for Global Health

Dr Mit Philips, Analysis & Advocacy Unit- Health Access Team Médecins Sans Frontières


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