Last Monday, TBEC Secretariat team attended the EU Health Programme High-Level Conference in Brussels. The conference brought together various EU officials and policymakers, researchers, representatives of the national public health institutes and intergovernmental organisations and civil society organisations, and networks. Organised by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, the conference focused on key achievements and “success stories” around each one of the four objectives of the 3rd Health Programme.

TBEC team from London showcased TBEC activities within the framework of EU Health programme grant at the conference’s NGO stand and discussed the TB advocacy and people-centred care issues with various civil society organisations and representatives of national public health institutes.

Unfortunately, during the conference, TBEC learned about the European Commission’s plans to close the EU Civil Society Forum on HIV, TB and Viral Hepatitis. The EU CSF on HIV, TB and viral hepatitis is an informal advisory body established by the European Commission, aiming to facilitate the involvement of civil society in policy and programme-making. It has been a unique example of cooperation between civil society organisations and EU institutions in health policy. Both EU institutions and other civil society networks have often referred to the EU CSF on HIV, TB and viral hepatitis as an example of best practice in cooperation between grassroots and regional institutions. More concerningly, the coordinating committee of the civil society forum was neither consulted nor informed about this decision.

If you are interested to learn more, please reach out to coordinator@tbcoalition.eu

 


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