The TB Europe Coalition is a young network. Created in 2009, it first members were mainly located in Western Europe. In order to fully represent the WHO European Region and be a truly European advocacy platform on TB, we organise field visits to EECA countries to meet with local stakeholders, to introduce the coalition and to find ways to collaborate on regional TB advocacy activities. This comes as a general move to reach out to civil society actors in TB high priority countries in the EU and neighbouring countries.

The main objectives of such visits are to:

  • Introduce TBEC to national stakeholders and to explain the aims and current activities of TBEC;
  • Bring together and meet activists from civil society organisations active in TB advocacy (this includes patient organisations and HIV networks);
  • Explore how TBEC might assist with the advocacy concerns of civil society organisations;
  • Report on opportunities we are pursuing to encourage the EU institutions to contribute more to TB programmes;
  • Invite individuals from civil society organisations to join TBEC and become actively involved in our network.

So far the TBEC has conducted eleven field visits:

Georgia – November 2014

Belarus – November 2014 and (RUS available here)

Armenia – October 2014

Azerbaijan – June 2013 and again in December 2013

Moldova – August 2012

Bulgaria – July 2012

Estonia – February 2012

Latvia – July 2011

Lithuania – June 2011

Romania – March 2011

Ukraine – November 2010

In April 2014, TBEC held a regional meeting in Ukraine for advocates from across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, you can read more about this meeting in our meeting report here. 

We are currently in the process of planning country visits to countries in Central Asia, including Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

TBEC meets with relevant TB actors in Riga:

 


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