TB is the world’s leading infectious killer and in the WHO European region alone, there were an estimated 32 000 deaths from tuberculosis (TB) and approximately 323 000 new cases in 2015. This means that every day, about 900 people become sick with TB. Furthermore, the region has the highest rates of MDR-TB and the lowest treatment success rates in the world. Nevertheless, despite the urgent need to combat the epidemic, TB has remained low on the global political agenda, failing to receive the attention and resources it requires.

Since its launch in 2009, TBEC aims to address the gaps by bringing together civil society representatives (individuals and organisations) from across the region in order to strengthen the role of civil society within the regional response to TB, and to increase the political and financial commitment required to effectively control the epidemic. With more than 160 members in 35 countries, TBEC is increasingly recognised as the voice of TB-interested civil society across the WHO Europe Region.

TBEC works twofold: first, to strengthen the advocacy capacity of civil society organisations and activists at national level, and second, to coordinate and carry out evidence-based TB policy advocacy at regional and international level. With TBEC entering a new stage in its development, the coalition adopted a new Strategic Plan for the years 2017-2021, which outlines our mission, vision and the two main outcomes TBEC wish to achieve over the next four years:

Our vision: a world free of TB.

Our mission: civil society driving the TB response.

Outcome  1: TBEC to be a high performing, accountable and united TB network

Outcome 2: TBEC members have the capacity and skills to effectively influence policies and provide evidence based service delivery.


As the key thematic priorities in the region, TBEC has identified health system financing, people-centred TB policies, and TB research and development.

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TBEC activities are funded via: 1) dedicated staff time by RESULTS UK based in London, Global Health Advocates in Brussels and the Alliance for Public Health in Kiev and 2) international and regional grants, including an Operational Grant by the EC CHAFEA under 3rd EU Health Programme for the years 2015-2017 and a Global Fund grant via the TB REP project for the years 2016-2018.




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