20171212_123455On 12-13 December, 100 participants from TB and HIV programmes in EU member states and neighbouring countries met in Tallinn, Estonia at an event organized by the Ministry of Social Affairs and National Institute for Health Development from Estonia, WHO European Region, UNAIDS and the Global Fund. The participants, panellists and speakers discussed challenges and opportunities in ensuring sustainability of programmes when transitioning from donor support to sustainable health systems. It particularly looked at integration of TB and HIV into a wider health system response.

Participants had an opportunity to hear how the Estonian government and TB and HIV programme, in strong collaboration with civil society and community, managed to decrease the number of new HIV cases from 1,474 in 2001 to 229 in 2016. Additionally, TB incidence decreased from 47/100,000 to 12.7/100,000. The meeting discussed concrete steps towards strengthening the national TB and HIV programmes as well as the need for more significant advances in the integration of TB and HIV services.

The TB Europe Coalition, via its members, was involved in the organization of the meeting, as well as in the core group drafting the outcome document. The final document will be available and uploaded here at a later date. It gives concrete recommendations to all stakeholders on ensuring sustainable and responsible transition from donor to domestic funding of TB and HIV response in the European region. This roadmap will be used by countries, institutions, and civil society in ensuring that no one is left behind.


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