20170307_123342Earlier this year, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and Stop TB Partnership hosted civil society involvement and update dialogue meeting within @TB-REP project.

TB-REP project is a regional initiative in 11 countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia aimed to decrease the burden of TB and drug-resistant TB through reforms of TB care and promotion of evidence-based people-centered practices. The Project is implemented with financial support by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2016-2018, with the PAS Center (Moldova) being a principal recipient of the funding. This multi-country project unites high-level and grass-root level advocacy to ensure TB is high on the countries’ political agenda and the course of reform foresees transition to the models of people-centered TB care. Project involves a wide range of implementing partners, with the technical leadership role played by WHO Regional Office for Europe. Important component of the project is a grass-root advocacy, which means that civil society partners in the countries promote the transition to the people centered TB care, with the focus on care in the ambulatory settings. TB Europe Coalition and Alliance for Public Health are responsible for the support of the civil society initiatives on the ground.

When we, as a civil society, talk about the people-centered TB care, we mean that the needs of the people should be taken as the centerpiece of the care, and these needs extend beyond the demands of the immediate medical treatment. We advocate for comprehensive social and emotional support the people on TB treatment to help them stay well, complete the treatment course and, eventually be successfully cured. Beyond the advocacy, civil society actors have an important role to play as the backup service providers for the healthcare workers.

To empower the civil society in their work on the ground partnership and collaboration with other key TB-REP partners – WHO Regional Office for Europe, WHO Country offices and TB-REP National focal points leading relevant national working groups on the TB reforms is critical. Questions on the roles of the civil society and partnership in the countries have been raised at the CPH dialogue meeting. WHO Regional office support proved to be an important factor of meaningful involvement of the civil society at all levels.

CPH dialogue meeting was a unique opportunity for civil society partners to speak up about the successes and challenges already experienced in their advocacy efforts as well as to discuss solutions to make joint work under TB-REP as effective as possible. There is a hope, that being a part of international discussions will also facilitate participatory involvement of the civil society at the National TB reforms processes.


The activity has been made possible with funding provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) through the grant TB Regional EECA Project (TB-REP) on Strengthening Health Systems for Effective TB and DR-TB Control. The author’s (authors’) views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the GF, Principal Recipient and other Partners of the TB-REP project.


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