SAARC Re­gional Man­ager's meet­ing on Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and HIV/AIDS

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With the rapid pace of glob­al­iza­tion lead­ing in­creas­ing mo­bil­ity of peo­ple, goods ser­vices both within and out­side the re­gion, it has raised a se­ri­ous con­cern on the pub­lic health safety of all the coun­tries ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creas­ing trend of cross bor­der mi­gra­tion. There­fore tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion, the SAARC Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and HIV/AIDS cen­ter un­der SAARC Sec­re­tariat has re­cently hosted the ‘SAARC Re­gional Pro­gramme Man­agers Meet­ing on Cross Bor­der is­sues re­lated to TB, HIV/ AIDS and Malaria’ in Thim­phu from 29 to 31 May, 2017. Del­e­gates from six mem­ber states in­clud­ing the host coun­try par­tic­i­pated in the three days meet­ing.

The main ob­jec­tive of the three days re­gional meet­ing was to en­hance re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­or­di­na­tion on tack­ling the cross bor­der is­sues con­cern­ing the pub­lic health safety, and fur­ther to es­tab­lish re­gional mech­a­nism for cross bor­der re­fer­ral sys­tem of the peo­ple who are liv­ing with chronic dis­eases like HIV/AIDS. Dur­ing the meet­ing, each mem­ber states pre­sented the epi­demi­o­log­i­cal sit­u­a­tion of TB and HIV/AIDS in their re­spec­tive coun­tries high­light- ing the key chal­lenges con­cern­ing cross bor­der.

As s res­o­lu­tion from this meet­ing, the mem­ber states jointly agreed to come up with the re­gional pol­icy frame­work to ad­dress cross bor­der is­sues re­lated to any pri­or­ity com­mu­ni­ca­ble disease of re­gional con­cern, SAARC to open up its man­date be­yond TB & HIV/AIDS, and ur­gent need for con­ven­ing of cross bor­der meet­ing en­gag­ing the bor­der- ing dis­tricts in all the mem­ber SAARC mem­ber states.

The open­ing of the three days meet­ing was graced by Health Min­is­ter, Tandin Wangchuk on 29th May, 2017. The three days re­gional pro­gramme Man­agers meet­ing for­mally con­cluded on 31st May, 2017 and Health Sec­re­tary for­mally closed the ses­sion after en­dorse­ment of seven­teen key rec­om­men­da­tions.

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