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Background, composition, objectives, activities, documents and members


The spreading of HIV, TB and associated infections (AI) continues to pose challenges to enhancing social and health conditions within the Northern Dimension Area. As the extent of policies towards HIV, TB and AI varies among the Partner Countries, the need to share experiences and expertise in prevention, health education, case management and testing is considerable. The Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS places great emphasis on improving the co-operation and co-ordination in the prevention of communicable diseases, such as HIV, tuberculosis, and AI. From 2004 until mid-2010, activities in this area were fostered by the then Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and from mid-2010 until October 2015 by the Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and AI. The meeting documents of these groups can, respectively, be found here and here.

Following the adoption of the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it, which define objectives, results and linked to them concrete activities, in October 2015 the NDPHS Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR) converted the Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and AI to the Expert Group on HIV, TB and AI by adopting new Terms of Reference for it and tasking it, separately or jointly with other relevant NDPHS Expert Groups, with the facilitation and implementation of the Objective 1: Reduced impact of HIV, TB and AI among key populations at risk, including prisoners, through strengthened prevention and access to treatment as specified in the NDPHS Strategy 2020.

Finally, the Expert Group will, together with other bodies of the NDPHS, contribute to achieving the Horizontal results defined in the Action Plan accompanying the NDPHS Strategy 2020.


The HIV, TB & AI Expert Group is comprised of high-level experts who come from national ministries and agencies of Partner Countries and Organisations, the research community, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other relevant parties. The Expert Group’s work is led by the Lead Partner (Finland), supported in discharging its responsibilities by the Co-Lead Partner (Poland). The list of the members of the Expert Group on HIV, TB & AI is provided further down.

All eligible stakeholders are welcome to provide input to the HIV, TB & AI Expert Group's current and future activities. External experts may also be invited to participate in the group’s meetings, as appropriate.

Aims and functions

In accordance with the above mentioned Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, under the guidance of the CSR, an Expert Group may have an advisory role and/or provide professional input to the preparation and implementation of joint activities carried out within the framework of the Partnership. Also, the Declaration permits Expert Groups to “facilitate professional exchanges, increase co-ordination among Partners and Participants and monitor joint activities within their area of expertise.” Consistent with these provisions, the Expert Group has the following functions:

Role and objectives

The main role of the HIV, Tuberculosis and AI Expert Group is to act as the focal point for national inputs from the Partner Countries and Organisations on issues concerning HIV, Tuberculosis and AI. The Expert Group’s focus is on surveillance, awareness-raising and policy development, as well as treatment and prevention. The Group works towards containment of the spread of HIV, tuberculosis and AI and, in accordance with the NDPHS Strategy, aims to contribute to the achievement of the two following goals: (i) improved prevention of HIV/AIDS and related diseases, and (ii) integration of social and health care services for HIV- infected individuals and people with TB and with AI. Within these strategic goals, the responsibilities of the HIV/TB&AI Expert Group include, but are not limited to, the following:


The Expert Group's activities follow the priorities set out in the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it, and the expected results as duly agreed for the Expert Group in the above mentioned Terms of Reference.

Presently, the Group's activities include:


The HIV, TB & AI Expert Group holds on average 2 meetings per year. Specific information about forthcoming and past meetings, including meeting documents and minutes can be accessed on the Expert Group meetings web page.

Documents and minutes of the formerly operating Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and the Expert Group on HIV Tuberculosis and AI can, respectively, be found here and here.


View all calendar events of relevance to the HIV, TB&AI Expert Group. Learn more about other sections of our Calendar.

Progress reports

Every year the NDPHS Expert Groups prepare progress reports. These reports are prepared in accordance with the Template for monitoring and reporting of the NDPHS progress and are submitted to every autumn CSR meeting and/or PAC event (they can be download here). With reference to the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the accompanying NDPHS Action Plan, they, inter alia, present the progress towards the agreed targets and take stock of achievements made, as well as describe further action required, obstacles encountered and, finally, the sustainability and expected long-term impact of the group’s activities.

Further information 

Visit the NDPHS Database, which provides a growing number of papers (publications, newsletters, etc.) and projects, dealing with HIV/AIDS, TB and AI issues. It also provides a pool of organisations and experts, which have been working in the area of HIV/AIDS, TB and associated infections. The Database contains four sections. By clicking the links below, you will gain direct access to HIV/AIDS, TB and AI activities and expertise in the NDPHS Database, sorted by:

Please note that you can also submit your own information on HIV, TB and other related activities to the Database (read more).



Ms. Anna-Leena Lohiniva
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Mannerheimintie 166, 00300 Helsinki


Ms. Anna Marzec-Bogusławska
Director, National AIDS Centre
ul. Samsonowska 1
02-829 Warszawa

International Technical Advisor

Mr. Dmitry Titkov
National Institute for Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 30
FI-00271 Helsinki


Ms. Piret Viiklepp
Head of the Department of Registries
Centre for Health Statistics and Registries
National Institute for Health Development


Mr. Henrikki Brummer-Korvenkontio
National Institute for Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 30
FI-00271 Helsinki

Ms. Tuula Vasankari
Finnish Lung Health Association (FILHA)
Sibeliuksenkatu 11 A 1
00250 Helsinki


Mr. Mikko Vauhkonen
Finnish Lung Health Association (FILHA)
Sibeliuksenkatu 11 A 1
00250 Helsinki


Mr Ulrich Marcus
Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Robert Koch Institute
DGZ-Ring 1
13086 Berlin


Ms. Lena Fiebig
Robert Koch Institute
Infectious Disease, Epidemiology
DGZ-Ring 1
D-13086 Berlin


Ms. Šarlote Konova
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control,
Duntes iela 22
LV-1005, Riga


Ms Agnese Freimane
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Duntes Street 22
LV-1005 Riga


Ms. Jurgita Pakalniškienė
Chief Specialist
Health Promotion Division
Ministry of Health of Lithuania
Vilniaus str. 33, LT-01506, Vilnius, Lithuania


Ms. Hilde Kløvstad
Departmet director
Department for Tuberculosis, Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections                            Norwegian Institute of Public Health
PB 222 Skøyen, 0213 Oslo, Norway
Visiting adress: Lovisenberggata 8


Ms. Trude Margrete Arnesen
Public Health Specialist, MD PHD MPH
Department of Tuberculosis, Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Postal address: Box 222- Skøyen, 0213 Oslo


Ms. Anna Marzec-Bogusławska
National AIDS Centre
Samsonowska 1 Str.
PL-02-829 Warsaw


Ms. Lilian van Leest
Analyst and Deputy Head, Unit for Epidemiological Monitoring
Public Health Agency of Sweden
Folkhälsomyndigheten, 171 82 SOLNA, Sweden



Mr. Jerker Jonsson
Public Health Agency of Sweden (PHAS)
Folkhälsomyndigheten, 171 82 SOLNA, Sweden


Cooperation suspended until further notice.

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