Thank you for your comments, which I very much agree with - my blog should have stressed the links between HIV and TB. I noted briefly that 60% of mortality in Africa was due to infectious diseases, primarily HIV but also TB, but I should have followed this with arguments for integrated HIV and TB programming. HIV greatly increases TB and TB remains the leading cause of death among HIV patients. Concerning financing, I would note that funds identified as HIV resources have positive impacts upon TB too. For example, AIDS treatment has reduced HIV/TB mortality by 13% in the last 10 years. You're right to applaud PEPFAR's Blueprint for an AIDS-free generation for its focus on HIV/TB co-morbidity. It's also worth mentioning that on December 3 UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership announced a new partnership to tackle HIV/TB deaths in Africa. The initiative will focus on 10 countries that account for 75% of HIV/TB mortality - Nigeria, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We also need to promote integrated programming for HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and major blood borne infections, including hepatitis C. Once again, thanks for your valid comments, I'll be sure to emphasize integrated TB/HIV programming in future and please feel free to follow-up with me individually if you'd like to discuss this issue further.