Combating HIV and TB through a joint regional action - Northern Dimension Partnership on Public Health and Social Well-being

Event
21 Nov 2013
Helsinki, Finland
Northern Dimension Partnership on Public Health and Social Well-being

The aim of this side event was to develop and support effective country and regional responses to further improve the current HIV and tuberculosis situations and reduce their impacts on human lives, economy and society.

​During the last decade, the Northern Dimension Partnership on Public Health and Social Well-being has been an important platform for collaboration and cooperation on public health in the region.

At the event, ECDC Director Marc Sprenger talked about the epidemiological situation for tuberculosis and for HIV in the EU and EEA countries and Russia and discussing measures to be taken to prevent and control further transmission of these two diseases. 

AGENDA

09.30 – 10.00Opening

- Background and objective of the Conference- State Secretary Ms Ulla-Maija Rajakangas, Finland - Dr Isabel De La Mata, Principal Advisor to the Director General of DG SANCO

10.00 – 11.20 Section: HIV and tuberculosis situation in Northern Dimension countries

Epidemiological situation of HIV and tuberculosis and most affected populations in Northern Dimension countries, Marc Sprenger, Director of ECDC - Co-infection of HIV and tuberculosis - Social determinants and consequences of TB -  from evidence to policy, Knut Lönnroth, Global TB Programme, WHO - Contextual overview, ref to MDG Goal no 6 and projection for post 2015, Anna Marzec-Boguslawska, Director of National AIDS Centre, Poland 

11.50-13.00 Section: perspectives from Russia- MDR TB – threat or challenge  Irina Vasilyeva, Head TB specialist

- HIV: value of international collaboration Vladimir Shuhov, Moscow State Medical and Dental University- Situation in penitentiary systems, Yulia Mikhaylova, Federal Research Institute for Health Organization and Informatics of MoH of RF- Comment: Igor Kazanets, Chief Migration Health Physician, IOM office in Russia   

13.45-14.45 Section: Experiences from previous collaboration and best practices- Estonian experiences  (TUBIDU project as one example) Ms Maris Jesse, Director of National Institute for Health Development, Estonia

- Barents and NDPHS collaboration in combating HIV and TB, Dr. Ali Arsalo, Chair of the NDPHS Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and Associated Infections and Zaza Tsereteli, Coordinator of the Barents TB Programme- Social aspects of infections (challenges and example of good collaboration between government organisations and NGOs), Maia Rusakova, Director of NGO Stellit, Russia

 
15.10-16.40 
 
Section: New solutions and way forward: panel discussion Chair of the Panel: Jean-Elie Malkin, Director of the Regional Support Team for Eastern Europe and Central Asia UNAIDS
Panelists:- Isabel De La Mata, Principal Advisor to the Director General of DG SANCO- Marc Sprenger, Director of ECDC - Tuula Vasankari, Secretary General of Filha (Finnish Lung Health Association)- Jekaterina Voinova, Estonian Network of people living with HIV