Declare TB a public health emergency

TB remains the leading cause of illness and death among people living with HIV, especially people with advanced HIV and those who are not yet taking ART. Although treatable, deaths remain high partly due to delayed diagnosis and treatment — often because symptoms of TB are regularly overlooked by healthcare workers, and the opportunity for early TB diagnosis and treatment is missed.

In response to this, TAC demanded that TB be declared a “Public Health Emergency” in the country leading to the rollout of the TB recovery plan. TAC will continue to monitor the implementation of the TB recovery plan to ensure that TB services are actually improved for communities. TAC will use community-led monitoring data in order to assess these improvements at facilities and to hold duty bearers accountable for improvements.