WHO media briefing

Monday, 4 August: 13:00
Press Conference Room 3, Media Centre, Hall A

Reducing deaths from TB/HIV among injecting and other drug users – Meet the experts

It is estimated that one in 10 new HIV infections worldwide is attributable to injecting drug use, and almost one in three new infections outside of Africa. Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading killer of drug users living with HIV. The first-ever policy guidelines to address the risks of HIV and TB co-infection among injecting and other drug users include 13 specific recommendations to expand universal access to HIV and TB prevention, treatment and care services.

Key message: Specially targeted measures needed to reach injecting and other drug users


  • Prof Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

  • Dr Charles Gilks, Coordinator, HIV/AIDS Department, WHO

  • Dr Paul Nunn, Coordinator, TB/HIV, Stop TB Department, WHO

  • Mr Christian Kroll, Global Coordinator HIV/AIDS, UN Office on Drugs and Crime

  • Mr Michael Bartos, Team Leader, Prevention, Care and Support Team, UNAIDS

  • Dr Daniel Wolfe, Director, International Harm Reduction Programme, Open Society Institute

Media resources

Policy guidelines for collaborative TB and HIV services for injecting and other drug users: an integrated approach
English [pdf 3Mb]

Policy brief
English [pdf 353kb]
Spanish [pdf 379kb]

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