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The Union conference took place virtually from 19-22 October 2021, and there were many interesting events and outcomes from the conference!

The welcome ceremony for the conference included a series of fantastic speakers, including WHO Chief Scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, Minister of Health of Indonesia, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, and Minister of Health of South Africa, Mathume Joseph Phaahla.

You can watch the welcome ceremony here.

The conference highlighted the setbacks seen in the TB response due to COVID-19, and the need to reinvigorate and amp up TB investments in order to make progress towards achieving global TB targets. 

If you weren’t able to join the conference you may be interested in a follow-up event the Union is hosting on the 10th November on TB diagnosis as the first step of TB elimination: Efficacy and challenges using TB-LAMP. You can find out more and register here

TBEC at the Union 

TBEC had 3 great events as part of the Community Connect track of the conference. You can find more details of these events below.

Fulfilling Commitments of the Political Declaration from UNGA HLM on TB: MAF-TB from theory to practice in the EECA region.

This session was chaired by TBEC Board Chair, Paul Sommerfeld and we were joined by speakers: Yuliia Kalancha, Executive Director of TBEC, Sayohat Hasanova, WHO/ Euro Program Manage, and Mariia Chuprynska, TBEC Programme Manager. 

This session provided an overview of the WHO TB Multisectoral Accountability Framework and how TBEC has supported civil society in the EECA region to ensure that the political commitments made by the Member States to end TB are implemented into practice through specific actions, which are monitored, reported on and reviewed.

The presentations were followed by a live Q&A session.  

You can watch the recording of this session here.

Meaningful engagement of civil society and TB affected communities and the value of their role in the TB response in the time of COVID-19 pandemic in the EECA Region

This session was chaired by TBEC Board Chair, Paul Sommerfeld and we were joined by speakers: Yuliia Kalancha, Executive Director of TBEC, Olya Klymenko, Director of TBPeople Ukraine and TBEC Board Member, and Parvana Valiyeva, Executive Director of “Saglamliga Khidmat” Public Union (SK PU) and TBEC Board Member. In this session, the speakers discussed how civil society should be engaged in all levels of the TB response, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this should be an integral part of an effective strategy to achieve the goal of ending TB. 

The presentations were followed by a live Q&A session. 

You can watch the recording of the session here.

Informed consent, human rights, and patient-centered care for Tuberculosis

This session was chaired by Yuliia Kalancha, Executive Director of TBEC, and we have joined by speakers: Jonathan Stillo, Professor at Wayne State University and TBEC Board Member, Daniel Kashnitsky, Program Manager at REG and TBEC Board Member, Oxana Rucsineanu, Director of SMIT and TBEC Board Member. 

This session was available on-demand throughout the conference, without a live Q&A session, and is available here.

TBEC Executive Director, Yuliia Kalancha was also invited to Chair an Oral abstract session on Adverse events during the treatment of drug-resistant TB. You can watch the recording of this session here.

What are other Board members and Partners are doing

TBEC Board Member, Daniel Kashnitsky, gave a thought-provoking and engaging talk on Biopolitical management of migration on the example of a population of migrants affected by TB and HIV in Russia as part of an oral abstract session on Local barriers to TB care and community-led solutions

If you registered for the conference and missed this session you can watch the recording here.

Board member and Executive Director of Saglamliga Khidmat, Parvana Valiyeva, had a community connect session on CSO intervention to support TB care of prisoners and ex-prisoners during COVID-19. During this session Parvana presented Psycho-social support to ex-prisoner TB patients in the light of the people-centered model of TB care in Azerbaijan. Parvana was also joined by Ms. Sevinj Huseynova from the Azerbaijan Ministry of Justice, and Ms. Svetlana Doltu, Public Health Coordinator AFI, Moldova,

The session was chaired by Asgar Ismayilov from Stop TB Partnership. 

If you registered for the Community Connect track of the conference and missed this session you can watch the recording here.

If you registered for the conference and missed this session you can watch the recording here.

Please be aware some recordings will only be available until December 31, 2021.

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