For several years RESULTS UK has been pressing for DFID to address the key issue of TB-HIV co-infection, which claims five million lives a year. We therefore welcome the recognition of this issue in the government’s new AIDS strategy, launched this week. In his speech at the launch event, Douglas Alexander made specific reference to the need for better integration of TB and HIV services, and also announced £6 billion in funding for health systems which will help to promote “closer integration of AIDS, TB, malaria” and other services.
This is the first time that any reference at all has been made to TB in DFID’s AIDS strategies – and it’s backed up by significant funding. We are really pleased that our hard work and the efforts of many others has paid off. We will now focus on how the £6 billion is going to be spent and its impact measured.