As part of the first World Health Summit, the leader of PATH’s work in Ukraine discussed the challenges of combining HIV and tuberculosis (TB) programs and diagnosing and treating these dual epidemics. Dr. Katya Gamazina, PATH’s Ukraine country program leader, talked about the growing rates of TB/HIV in Ukraine and the need for a joint effort to address the diseases.
The summit was held in October in Berlin under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and was organized by Charité University. The global forum aimed to bring together an international array of researchers, physicians, and representatives of government, industry, and health care systems to address challenges to health-related issues.
Dr. Gamazina delivered her presentation in a satellite symposium hosted by the German Ministry of Health as a precursor to the official opening of the summit and as a follow-up to the 2007 Berlin Declaration on Tuberculosis. High-level delegates from 18 priority countries for TB control in the World Health Organization–European region were in attendance, in addition to representatives from several multilateral and bilateral organizations, members of civil society, people affected by AIDS and TB, and major donors.