It is with great pleasure that we can announce that our Director, Mrs. Yuliya Chorna, has been elected as the Chair of the WHO Regional Collaborative Committee on the Accelerated Response to TB, HIV and viral hepatitis (WHO RCC-THV). Furthermore, our Board member – Mr. Safarali Naimov from Stop TB Partnership in Tajikistan has also been elected as a Member of the Core group from TB community.

The WHO Regional Collaborative Committee onAccelerated Response to TB, HIV and viral hepatitis has been active for numerous years, and is considered one of the main platforms for interaction between civil society and the WHO Europe Office. This platform was originally established in 2012 to focus exclusively on TB. However, earlier this year, its mandate was expanded to include HIV and viral hepatitis, in order to help support the strengthening of health systems.  TheRCC’s ultimate objective is to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 3.3 in Europe (By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, TB, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases). In order to do so, there must be a coordinated and integrated approach from health systems, people-centred models of care, and the involvement of civil society in the prevention and response to these diseases.

The RCC-THV provides an opportunity not only discuss the latest developments in TB, ranging from latest TB statistics in the region and access to new drugs, but also launch and discuss new initiatives, for example, research on the existing psycho-social support for people with TB in the countries of the WHO Europe region. It is a great platform for networking with WHO Europe country officers and representatives from other international and regional organisations such as ECDC or Global Fund.

It is not all about the annual meeting, which takes once a year at WHO premises in Copenhagen. The Committee core group members participate in quarterly calls throughout the year, and often discuss the key developments at the WHO Europe level, for example, development of new guidelines, upcoming WHO Europe country visits, key political developments such as the UN High Level meeting on TB, etc. This provides a great opportunity for the TB community to provide their input and suggest relevant agenda items for each call to reflect the key issues at national and regional level. It also provides an opportunity for regional coordination ahead of the World TB Day, Wolfheze conference, the Union conference and other significant events and meetings throughout the year.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the RCC-THV Committee, please contact us at coordinator@tbcoalition.eu


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