Existence of a coordinating body for TB/HIV activities effective at all levels
To determine the level of political commitment to, and presence of a forum for, overall coordination of collaborative TB/HIV activities.
Simple yes/no answer to the following questions:
1. Is there a body or mechanism for coordinating collaborative TB/HIV activities at national level?
2. Does the national body or mechanism have representation from all major stakeholders in TB and HIV control?
3. Does it meet at least quarterly with minutes that are circulated?
4. Is a similar coordinating body or mechanism also effective at sub-national levels (e.g. regional, district or equivalent) where both TB and HIV are prevalent?
A positive response to all questions is required.
Every 2-3 years
Geographic location: N/A
Pregnancy status: N/A
Time period: N/A
Type of orphan: N/A
Vulnerability status: N/A
National coordination is essential to reach policy consensus, develop joint strategic plans, mobilize resources, build capacity, and implement and monitor collaborative TB/HIV activities. All countries should have a mechanism or body that can coordinate the activities of the TB and HIV/AIDS programmes. The absence of a coordinating mechanism suggests a lack of commitment to TB/HIV collaboration and that national implementation of collaborative TB/HIV activities is less likely to succeed. However, this indicator gives no indication of the effectiveness of the coordinating body or mechanism and, alone, does not guarantee effective implementation of collaborative TB/HIV activities.