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Disease Control

Question for Department of Health

UIN 207835, tabled on 2 September 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the decrease in incidence of (a) HIV, (b) tuberculosis and (c) malaria continues.

Answered on

9 September 2014

The Public Health Outcome Framework includes an indicator on reducing late human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) diagnosis which promotes access to testing. The Department funds the Terrence Higgins Trust to deliver the HIV Prevention England programme and this targets gay men and African communities who are at greatest risk of acquiring HIV.

Following a period of multi-stakeholder consultation, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England are jointly launching the Collaborative Tuberculosis Strategy for England, 2015 to 2020 in September 2014. This strategy brings together best practice in clinical care, social support and public health to strengthen tuberculosis (TB) control, leading to halving of TB incidence by 2025, to reduce health inequalities, and ultimately eliminate TB as a public health problem in England.

Reducing the incidence of reported malaria in the UK relies on improving the uptake of preventive measures by at risk travellers. To support this, the PHE Advisory Committee for Malaria Prevention in Travellers (ACMP) produces annual national guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers from the UK which is available on the PHE website at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/malaria-prevention-guidelines-for-travellers-from-the-uk

These guidelines form the basis for malaria prevention advice given to health professionals advising travellers by the PHE-commissioned National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) and the PHE Malaria Reference Laboratory. A PHE malaria advice leaflet is also available for patients, in English and four south Asian languages at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/malaria-information-for-people-travelling-overseas

The largest proportion of malaria cases reported in the UK is in at-risk ethnic groups resident in London. The PHE London Malaria Group is working with local community groups to increase their awareness of the risk of malaria and of the need to protect their health on visits to affected countries.