Quarter 4 2020: Reaching U.N. High-Level Meeting Targets for TB During COVID-19
Reaching U.N. High-Level Meeting Targets for TB During COVID-19
The 2nd anniversary of the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on TB, a historic moment in the global fight against TB, comes during sobering times. Although the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to slow or even reverse global progress toward ending the TB epidemic by 2030external icon, CDC-supported programs around the globe continue to use their public health platforms and strategies to make critical progress towards ending TB.
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Mother-to-child transmission is the leading cause of HIV among children. In Eswatini – a nation with the highest HIV prevalence in the world – PEPFAR, CDC together with local and global health partners have launched an aggressive program to help prevent pregnant and breastfeeding women from transmitting the virus to their babies. The result? They are keeping mothers healthy, babies HIV-free, and families strong and productive. Families like the Mndvotis.
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In South Africa, where the HIV burden is among the most severe in the world, young women, 15-24 years old, face the highest risk of contracting the virus. CDC, as part of PEPFAR, works in 12 countries to implement DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe), a far-reaching HIV effort that empowers girls like 15-year old Nolwazi to journey from merely hoping to graduate high school to, one day, achieving all of her dreams.
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A new study from CDC and several leading U.S. universities has found that strengthening TB control efforts in high burden countries abroad can lead to health and economic benefits here at home. The modeling study which was led by researchers from CDC and Harvard, Stanford and Yale universities, found that investing in global TB control efforts could not only save thousands of lives in the United States, but billions of dollars in healthcare and related costs.
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CDC offers a range of compelling, downloadable resources you can use on your own platforms to highlight the urgency and impact of fighting HIV and TB around the world. This quarter, we are excited to share with you a new series of animated slides highlighting the importance of linkage to HIV treatment and care and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Feel free to download and share broadly with your networks!