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About Us2020-04-22T15:37:03+01:00

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The TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) is a regional advocacy network of civil society organisations and individuals from across the WHO Europe region, comprising Western and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. The network aims to strengthen the role of civil society within the regional response to tuberculosis (TB), and ensure political and financial commitments to end TB.

Established in 2009, TBEC has grown rapidly and is now increasingly recognised as the voice of the civil society across the WHO Europe Region. It was registered officially in 2017

The TB Europe Coalition has two key areas of focus: first, to support civil society organisations and activists in their advocacy role at national level, and second, to coordinate and carry out evidence-based TB policy advocacy at regional and international level.

WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

Our vision: a world free of TB.

Our mission: civil society driving the TB response.

TBEC maintains a commitment to the following core values:

Empowerment: TBEC believes that people’s needs should be at the centre of any TB decision-making. As such TBEC seeks to empower civil society and TB affected communities to actively participate in the TB response.

Human rights based approach to TB: A human rights-based approach to TB prioritises the dignity and autonomy of all people with TB. TBEC is committed to promoting and defending the rights of TB affected people.

Equality & Social Justice: TBEC holds to the principles of promoting and defending health equality, with special focus given to engaging and empowering vulnerable and marginalised groups in TB affected communities.

Independence, Transparency and Accountability: TBEC only accepts funding from donors whose objectives are in line with its vision and core value. Furthermore, TBEC maintains a policy of transparency and disclosure for its beneficiaries, donors, and partners.

TBEC was formed by a group of engaged TB advocates in 2009 and registered as a legal entity in 2017. The consistent increase of already high rates of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB), coupled with limited funding and low awareness among general populations and policy makers in the region, called for urgent action. However, the limited capacity, knowledge and skills of civil society organisations and advocates working on TB meant that there were few organisations and individuals capable of successfully advocating for TB on a national and regional level. Acknowledging their common causes, and recognising the importance of an effective civil society, TBEC was formed to bring organisations and individuals together. Over the following years, TBEC expanded through online communication via the TBEC website and listserve, active networking at international and regional conferences and regular country visit. In 2014, TBEC obtained a multi-annual grant from the European Commission’s Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency under the 3rd EU Health Programme. This grant allowed the strengthening of the network’s operational capacity and substantially expanded TBEC’s outreach activities. Since 2016, TBEC is a formal partner of the TB REP project supported by the Global Fund aimed at supporting civil society organisations in their grassroots advocacy efforts in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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.

Projects

TB REP 2.0: Advancing People-Centered Quality TB Care – From the New Model of Care Towards Improving DR-TB Timely Detection and Treatment Outcomes in Patients

Community, Rights and Gender Strategic Initiative 2017-2019: Strengthening the capacity of networks and coalitions of TB advocates, TB activists and people affected by TB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region (EECA)

Funding 

TBEC activities are funded by international and regional grants, including the two projects mentioned above and an Operational Grant by the EC CHAFEA under the 3rd EU Health Programme. Our policy on funding and fundraising can be found TBEC fundraising policy.

TBEC operates under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY_SA 4.0) licence. This means that you can share and adapt our content, but you have to credit TBEC and state what changes you have made.

As of autumn 2017, TBEC has more than 170 members, including individuals and civil society organisations from more than 35 countries in the region. Membership is open and free of charge to all individuals and civil society organisations within the WHO Europe Region working to end the TB epidemic. New members confirm their alignment with TBEC’s values upon joining the network.

If you would like to become a member of TBEC, please contact us at coordinator@tbcoalition.eu or click on JOIN US button.

If you would like more information on our values, please see the following policies:

TBEC Position Statement of Transparency

TBEC Privacy Policy

TBEC Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

TBEC Governance Framework

TBEC operates under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY_SA 4.0) licence. This means that you can share and adapt our content, but you have to credit TBEC and state what changes you have made.

WHO WE ARE

TBEC is registered as a legal entity (Stichtung) in the Netherlands. Please find TBEC Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws here.

TBEC is governed by two key bodies: the Board and an Oversight Advisory Committee. The Board is TBEC’s highest governing authority and is legally liable for the work of TBEC. It provides strategic, operational and financial oversight of the implementation of TBEC’s strategy. The Oversight Advisory Committee provides strategic advice to the Board on organisational development, strategy, governance, policy and finance. You can read more about TBEC governance framework here.

As an independent entity, TBEC runs a Secretariat with five team members based in Kyiv, Ukraine and two members in the UK, hosted by RESULTS UK. The Secretariat is responsible for the coordination, communication, administration and management of the network. The role of the Secretariat is to ensure that the network’s work programme is successfully implemented and to ensure that TBEC Board and Secretariat’s operations are transparent and efficient.

Paul SommerfeldChair of TBEC Board

Paul Sommerfeld has been involved with the Coalition ever since its beginning. In the early years he led on building up links between activists in Western Europe and those in the East. That led to the development of advocacy training initiatives. Dusting off his early career skills in facilitation and organisation development, Paul has become a lead trainer for TBEC helping to facilitate numerous TB advocacy workshops across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

He has also, since its creation in 1998, been Chair of TB Alert, a United Kingdom (UK) based NGO with programmes in Africa, India and the UK. He has been active in the global Stop TB Partnership and was once Chair of its then Advocacy, Communication & Social Mobilization (ACSM) Working Group.

Paul has been deeply involved in global health action for almost 30 years – first in leprosy, then in TB, and also in influenza; with a focus on advocacy and community engagement.

He has held a series of UK public appointments – as Chair of a National Health Service operational Trust responsible for mental health services in a large part of West London, and as a lay member in organisations responsible for the professional regulation of judges, barristers, osteopaths, and pharmacists.


Jonathan Stillo, Co-Chair of TBEC Board

Dr. Jonathan Stillo is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University where he teaches Medical Anthropology and Public Health. He received his PhD at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has received research grants from the US National Science Foundation, the US Fulbright-Hays Commission, The US Department of State, among others.

Since 2006, Jonathan has been researching tuberculosis (TB) in Romania—including living at a Romanian TB sanatorium for several months—interviewing hundreds of patients and medical personnel across the country. His research focuses on the social, economic and structural aspects of tuberculosis.

Jonathan has served as an International Expert on the World Health Organization teams that conducted the 2014 review of Romania’s national TB program, as well as the TB program review in Republic of Moldova in 2013. In 2016, he was the lead consultant on an ECDC project to develop Romania’s integrated community-based TB support. He is currently working with the Moldovan TB Patient’s organization, SMIT, on projects related to People-Centred Care. He is also working on projects related to hearing loss due to M/XDR-TB treatment including an article which will include stories of people from Romania, Armenia, and elsewhere.

In addition to his research activities, Jonathan is an advocate for improved TB diagnosis and care, is a member of the Wolfheze working group on People-Centred Care and is a member of the Global TB Community Advisory Board. Jonathan has been an active member of the TB Europe Coalition Steering Committee (precursor of TBEC Board) since 2012. See these sites for additional information on Jonathan’s research and advocacy:

https://clasprofiles.wayne.edu/profile/gc4943


Olga Klymenko, Vice-Chair of the TBEC Board

Olga Klymenko became an activist in the fight against tuberculosis after her illness in 2015 and she is now Head of TB People Ukraine.. Prior to that, she worked in a foundation, which was helping preterm infants. She published a book “My inner world. Confessions of a TB patient”, which was on sale in Ukraine and helped people with a TB and their families. Olga worked with the Alliance for Public Health and the Network of PLWH.

Olga is enjoying the support of the parliamentary sector and takes part in regional meetings. In Ukraine, the situation with treatment of the disease is difficult, but things have started to change on the wave of the healthcare reform.

This year, alongside the “Light of Hope” Foundation, and with the support of the Global Fund and BO “Network of PLWH”, Olga is involved in implementing a program aimed at strengthening the community impact in 11 regions of the country.


Stefan Radut, Vice-Chair of TBEC Board

Stefan Radut is from Bucharest, Romania. In 2011, he started to be involved in ASPTMR, a young MDR TB patient’s organization at that time. He came across TBEC in 2012, when he heard the word “advocacy” for the first time. At that moment, he understood that advocacy was one of the ways to solve the MDR TB and TB problems in Romania and across the region. Now, seven years and four advocacy workshops later, three of which were conducted by TBEC, he is engaged in advocacy in Romania. He was involved in drafting the National Strategy for Tuberculosis Control, as well as in the development of the Draft Romanian TB Law. Now, he is actively involved in advocacy efforts aimed at the approval of the Romanian TB Law. He is a member of the Romanian CCM and represents Romania in SEE Regional Coordination Mechanism. He is also a board member of COPAC-Romania (Coalition of Organizations of Patients with Chronic Diseases from Romania). He is a Vice-Chair of TBEC Board and a member of TB People. Since December 2017, he is a member of the National Committee for Coordination of the Implementation of the National Strategy for Tuberculosis Control in Romania 2015-2020.

In 2017, he was on an Exchange Program for NGO leaders focused on working with marginal population and I spent 3 weeks in the U.S.A. meeting many US Government and NGO representatives. Stefan’s organization, ASPTMR, holds 1-2 advocacy events a year.


Marine Ejuryan

Marine has been engaged in TBEC’s work as part of the previous Steering Committee since she joined the Global Health Advocates as an Advocacy Officer in 2015. She has been involved in TBEC’s programmatic activities, country visits and capacity building workshops, as well as in advocacy towards the European Union, regional and global TB stakeholders for a better TB response in the WHO Europe region.

Prior to joining Global Health Advocates, for two years she had worked in an international NGO advocating for human rights and good governance in Brussels, as well as in international development field during an internship in the European Commission. Additionally, she had previously done internships at the United Nations Development Program in Armenia and in the Armenian Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Marine has a Master’s Degree in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Yerevan State University, Armenia.


Cristina Enache

A member of TBEC since 2012, Cristina has been working for the Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation in Bucharest since 2009. She has carried out both HIV and TB related activities and since 2017 she is the Advocacy Officer, in charge with driving TB and HIV related legislative and policy changes. For the past 4 years she has been advocating for the adoption of the TB Bill by the Parliament, during a long and challenging legislative process.

Cristina has been involved in the TB and HIV advocacy campaign, which started in April 2017 under the 2015 – 2018 Global Fund grant and which will continue until 2021.

She has helped coordinate and implement activities such as the Alert Report “The Crisis of Anti-TB Medicines in Romania” (http://health-observatory.ro/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ORS_TB_report_2017_en_summary.pdf) developed in collaboration with the Romanian Health Observatory and the media campaign that ensued (http://13miidevieti.ro/multimedia/) and the Romanian NGOs contribution to the Universal Periodic Review (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/ROindex.aspx). She has contributed to the advocacy campaign awareness component carried out through the Facebook Stop TB Romania page: https://www.facebook.com/ParteneriatulStopTB/ and advocated for the 2019-2021 HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan to be approved by the Government. She has also taken the fight against TB to the community level by organising meetings with local authorities in almost half of the country, arguing for better community support for the TB patients.

She has been involved in several TBEC activities as well: together with TBEC members, she contributed to facilitating two advocacy workshops, one in Riga, Latvia (2015) and another one in Bucharest, Romania (2016). In addition, she was part of the TBEC team who met with TB stakeholders in Moldova in 2012 for advocacy purposes. Currently, Cristina is working with TBEC members to organise a second workshop in Bucharest in November 2018 and a meeting with Romanian MPs and representatives of Global TB Caucus.


Nela Ivanova

Nela Ivanova is from Burgas, Bulgaria. Since 2011, she has been working as a social worker in education at the “Dose of Love” Association – a non-governmental organization that unites experts in the field of drug use and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Nela started working at the “Dose of Love” as a volunteer, later she continued as an outreach worker with vulnerable groups, project coordinator and Executive Director. At present, she coordinates a local project on TB and is acting as Financial Director on the Managing Board of “Dose of Love”.

Nela has experience in working with vulnerable groups: drug users, sex workers, men having sex with men, homeless people and prison inmates, with a focus on drug use and addictions, HIV/AIDS and TB.


Elchin Mukhtarli

Elchin Mukhtarli is the chairman of “Saglamliga Khidmat”* NGO, a national civil society organization in Azerbaijan, founded in 2010. Since 2011, he is the Head of TB Azerbaijan Coalition (TBAZC), which comprises five national civil society organizations.

In 2010, Elchin joined the TBEC family, and in 2014, he became a TBEC Steering Committee member.

Elchin is a member of CCM, member of national TB working group and TB REP working group. Since 2016, he has been acting as TB REP Focal Point as CSO partner from Azerbaijan.

Elchin studied at the Azerbaijan State University of Languages and later continued his studies at the faculty of Health Promotion and Health Education at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. In 1997, he started his career in the field of public health as a Health Educator at the Department of Tuberculosis of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). His desire to become a health promoter and wish to help vulnerable people led him to the position of Team Leader in health education, TB case finding programs and many other TB related activities. Later, he was promoted to the rank of head of TB department in ICRC. He held many managerial positions in TB Control programs and acted as an initiator in the implementation of TB and TB/HIV related social projects.

Since 2011, he has been involved in the implementation of TB projects (TB treatment follow up among ex-prisoners, TB advocacy, TB Education & Counseling projects, etc.) financed by Global Fund.

From 2016 onwards, he has been actively engaged in the TB Advocacy work within the “TB Regional EECA Project (TB-REP) on Strengthening Health Systems for Effective TB and DR-TB Control” Program financed by the Global Fund. During the last two years, many advocacy activities were held within the TB-REP advocacy projects in the country with the involvement of other national CSOs under Elchin’s coordination. During this period, inter-sectorial partnerships (between CSO and parliamentarians, CSO and NTP etc.) were established, the patient’s community network was created, and a good collaboration and partnership was developed between media and CSOs. Activities such as, production of a short video aiming to promote people-centered model of health care, conducting of KAP survey among TB patients and health staff, meetings with TB stakeholders and decision makers, trainings on different subjects, on TB advocacy and capacity building for the representatives of CSOs, journalists, etc. were conducted. As a result, the public had a good opportunity to hear, watch and read true information about TB and its treatment and care through TB stories, articles that are often published on media portals and in newspapers and shared widely through social networking. With the support of TB-REP team led by Elchin a ‘Public Hearing’ event dedicated to TB was held at the Azerbaijani parliament in January 2018. TB Azerbaijan Coalition has established a friendly partnership with some members of the parliament aiming to end TB.


Safarali Naimov

Safarali Naimov is a MDR-TB survivor from Tajikistan. Having experienced the disease (2009-2012), he learned about important aspects related to TB, and more importantly about the fact that the needs of people with TB were not and are still not sufficiently known to the decision-makers.

He became a member of TB Europe Coalition in 2013, which helped him realize his capacity as human resource on TB work and start efforts to contribute to making sure that the socio-economic and psychological needs of people with TB were addressed. A training conducted by TB Europe Coalition helped Safarali become a co-founder of a national multi-stakeholder Coalition “Stop TB Partnership, Tajikistan” uniting people affected by TB, their relatives, as well as, organizations involved in the fight against TB (governmental, public, private and international).

Currently, Safarali is managing projects on TB prevention at the “Stop TB Partnership, Tajikistan” implementing the TB Regional EECA Project on Strengthening Health Systems for Effective TB and MDR-TB Control in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Support Groups created within the Coalition “STOP TB Partnership” provide treatment support and engage in case finding. Safarali has been leading the team in Tajikistan to develop a necessary tool (Stop TB Community App) to empower communities with knowledge, provide guidance for accessing services, collect information about the needs of people with TB and monitor the implementation of the TB response. Safarali’s team collaborates and engages with local businessmen, the Committee on Religion and Regulation of National Traditions, the Ministry of Education, the Republican Healthy Life Style Center under MoH and SPP and other government departments with a view to supporting the National TB Program and making sure that the move from long-term hospitalization to quality people-centered care in ambulatory settings is happening, whilst taking into account the needs of people with TB and their families.

Safarali participated in several regional conferences and policy consultations, helping to bring the voice of people to the TB response. He is a member of TB People – the Global Network of People Affected by TB, as well as a member of the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA).


Oxana Rucsineanu

Oxana Rucsineanu is a TB activist from the Republic of Moldova, leading Moldova National Association of tuberculosis patients „SMIT”.

Being an active member of the National Platform of TB NGOs, GCTA, TBEC and TB People networks and having gone through personal experience of drug-resistant tuberculosis, she has coordinated since 2011 several projects focusing on the rights and responsibilities of TB communities and the need of building comprehensive approaches to TB care.

Oxana is strongly committed to advocating for constructive partnerships and efficient treatment processes as well as to making TB voices heard in the global response to the disease with a recently grown interest for engaging communities in operational and clinical researches.


Ksenia Shchenina

Since joining the TBEC network Ksenia, a TB survivor herself, has been one of the few very active community members from Russia. Ksenia has extensive experience in patient advocacy and TB activism. Ksenia herself started the online community of people with TB in Russia in 2012, and has several thousand visitors per month. She has created a volunteer network, which provides free consultations with TB experts and ensures psychological support. She is also one of the co-editors of TBPeople brochure “You and TB”, created by TB survivors, and aimed to debunk the many myths surrounding TB. She has been an active participant in various international and regional civil society networks, projects and conferences and she strongly believes in the value and added impact of community engagement in the fight against TB.

Yuliya Chorna, TBEC Director

Yuliya is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a black jumper with a red pattern.Yuliya has been engaged in TBEC activities since 2017 as a focal point for the current arrangements within TBEC Secretariat on behalf of Alliance for Public Health, thus being a part of its operational activities.

Since the early 2000s, she has been working in the non-profit sector with a track record in the coordination of public health and social service projects. The projects she has been responsible for had a focus on HIV and Tuberculosis response with involvement of the most-at-risk, vulnerable and underserved population. Her experience in the field includes program development, organization of service delivery, operational research, training and advocacy activities.

From 2016 to 2018, Yuliya was directly engaged in the TBEC programmatic activities, as an advocacy manager at Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine, for the civil society component TBEC is in charge for, under the regional project TB-REP. The project covers 11 countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Principal Recipient of GF funding is PAS Center, Moldova) to ensure the shift to people-centred models of TB care and to halt the rates of drug resistance in the region. Operational activities within the project included TBEC on-site visits in the countries as well as organization of the regional events for coordinated regional advocacy.

On behalf of TBEC, she also takes part in the Affected Communities and Civil Society Advisory Panel, which is involved in bringing the civil society response in the processes on UN High level meeting on Tuberculosis in September 2018 as well as post-UN HLM activities.

In September 2018, Yuliya stepped in as an Executive Director of TBEC.


Anna Medvedenko, TBEC Administrative Officer

In January 2019, Anna joined TBEC to provide administrative support for various ongoing TBEC projects.

In 2015, Anna got her Master’s degree in the Business Administration program at the Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadim Getman.

In 2015, Anna started to work for the ICF “Alliance for Public Health” as a Personal Assistant to Director of Treatment, Procurement and Supply Management. She was responsible for providing the overall technical and administrative support for Director and his team for the duration of the projects focused on TB and HCV prevention and treatment. In 2017, she joined the team of a regional project “Strengthening Health Systems for Effective TB and MR-TB Control in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (TB-REP) as a Program Officer to support implementation of the project.


Anna Katasonova, TBEC Finance Manager

In early 2019, Anna started her work as TBEC Finance Manager. Her key tasks are to ensure smooth and efficient functioning of TBEC’s financial system and procedures.

Throughout her professional life, Anna participated in successful proposals preparation, grant negotiations and successful implementation of awarded contracts from both the international donors (The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (TGF), USAID, European Union, Council of Europe) and private sector (Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine).

Anna is experienced finance management professional with key expertise in management accounting: planning (including budgeting for grant proposals), reporting (for donors as well as to internal and external stakeholders), sub-grant management (from potential grantees assessment through constant monitoring and mentoring to reporting, final audit and closure), development of internal policies and procedures.


Yuliia Kalancha, TBEC Advocacy and Policy Manager

Yuliia Kalancha joined TBEC team as an Advocacy and Policy Manager in February 2019 to support TB affected communities and civil society in their advocacy efforts towards people-centered TB care.

Yuliia is a specialist in European Union law and has a passion for volunteering. Since 2011 Yuliia has been working in the field of public health and has been involved in the processes related to widening of access to treatment at the national, regional and international levels.

Before joining TBEC she worked at AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Ukraine as advocacy/marketing coordinator and as project coordinator for “Healthcarers”. She also dealt with procurement issues at the All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization “All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH” and the Ukrainian CDC.

The main areas of Yuliia’s expertise are related to community mobilization and involvement of grassroots communities in the international advocacy on  access to essential medicines, creation, development, design and implementation of advocacy activities and campaigns, as well as monitoring of procurement of drugs and medical appliances.

Also, Yuliya is a permanent member of the Global Tuberculosis Communities Advisory Board, and a member of the Patients of Ukraine.


Mariya Makovetska, TBEC Capacity Building Manager

Mariya Makovetska has 12 years of management experience. She is an expert in advocacy, communication and social mobilization with good understanding of public health sector.  She started her career as program manager of grass-root NGO that provides services for key affected population to HIV/AIDS (KAP’s). In few years she grew up to the team lead for the Global Fund national Project on Tuberculosis in Ukraine (Round 9). Then Mariya continued as senior advisor on outreach and partnership for two USAID Projects focusing on piloting sustainable HIV services in Ukraine and Supporting Health Reform in Ukraine.

Ms. Makovetska also provides expertise in capacity building of government coordination bodies and agencies and civil sector organizations both on local and national level. She has expertise design of information campaign on tuberculosis response for the general population, as well as specific population groups. She is good at facilitation, trainer and motivated professional. Mariya Makovetska is well familiar with Global Fund programs, as well as with USAIDPEPFAR funding projects, UNAIDS and other donor agencies.

When she saw vacancy announcement for Capacity Building Manager at TBEC she took this as an opportunity and challenge for her to expand her experience from Ukrainian background to new horizons such as countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia region.


Serian Carlyle, TBEC Officer

Serian joined TBEC as Administrator in April 2019 and became Officer in November. As TBEC Officer, she leads on the governance aspects of the network and the project management of the European Commission CHAFEA grant.

Serian’s previous experience includes development and administrative roles for the British Museum, Tate, and Wellcome Trust. In these roles, she wrote research briefings, supported gifts management, conducted data analysis, and provided event support, amongst other projects.

Serian studied Russian politics and culture at University College London (UCL). She has a particular research interest in the relationship between sensitive aspects of identity (for example, health, sexuality, gender) and their depiction on screen. Currently, she is co-writing a chapter on the representation of reproductive health in Russian and Soviet cinema for publication in an edited volume on gender and authority. She hopes to build on her experience with TBEC and research the representation of TB in the media in the future.

Andriy Klepikov, Chair of the OAC

Andriy Klepikov is Executive director of the Alliance for Public Health (APH), one the largest HIV and TB focused NGO in Ukraine and in the entire EECA region. Being its founding director he is currently managing the organization implementing complex and comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care program as well as programs aimed at fighting TB, HCV and other deceases. His management portfolio includes nation-wide, regional and global projects.

Andriy has been involved in TBEC activities nearly from the very beginning, representing APH as one of the three anchor organizations had been serving as TBEC secretariat along with Global Health Advocates and RESULTS UK.

Besides serving as Chair of TBEC Oversight Advisory Committee (starting from October 2018), Andriy’s governance role includes Global Fund Board Member representing Developing Country NGO constituency, Member of the International AIDS Society Governing Council, Member of the Stop TB Partnership – Ukraine Coordinating Council, Trustee of PEPAL (UK), Member of the Frontline AIDS (UK) Leadership Advisory Group and Membership Committee.


Timur Abdullaev

Timur Abdullaev is a human rights lawyer and a TB/HIV activist from Uzbekistan. A TB survivor and person living with HIV, he is passionate about mobilizing and strengthening the global movement of people affected by TB while striving to make sure that TB – and TB/HIV co-infection – remain a priority in broader context of public health and universal health coverage.

Timur currently serves as a community representative on Stop TB Partnership’s Coordinating Board and as a Board member of TBPEOPLE, the global network of people affected by TB. Timur continues also his professional career as a human rights and public health consultant, working with a wide range of international development agencies and NGOs.


Patrick Bertrand

Patrick Bertrand has 20 years of experience in advocating for global health. He is the Director and founder of Global Health Advocates France. He is also a founding member of the Action for Global Health Network, a European coalition focused on achieving the health MDGs, consisting of 15 NGOs based in 5 countries.

He is also a founding member of the ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership consisting of advocacy organizations working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty and improve equitable access to health services.

Patrick is actively involved in various health-related initiatives, including being a member of the Gavi CSO steering committee as well as the selecting committee of the 5 % initiative.


Sergii Filippovych

Sergii Filippovych has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare, among which 16 years of experience in the field of TB treatment and prevention, and 13 years on coordination of grassroots, civil society and community-based organizations: both service delivery and advocacy focused around HIV and TB/HIV co-infection. He also has an extensive experience in TB policy analysis and capacity building for civil society organisations to address programmatic and policy gaps.

Throughout 2016-2018, Sergii has been involved in the oversight of the Alliance team working on the regional project TB-REP, which Alliance technically implements on behalf of TB Europe Coalition. The project covers 11 countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (PR PAS Center, Moldova) to ensure meaningful involvement of the civil society and grass-root organizations in the advocacy for shift to people-centred models of TB care.

He represents the TBEC through the membership of Green Light Committee.


Mike Mandelbaum

Mike Mandelbaum is Chief Executive of TB Alert, the UK’s national TB charity. He has worked in health NGOs through most of his career in areas including complementary medicine and palliative care. Mike joined TB Alert in 2008 as the organisation’s first Chief Executive.

Mike heads TB Alert’s team at its Brighton headquarters. He oversees the organisation’s international work in Africa and India – the latter in partnership with sister organisation TB Alert India – and its recent expansion into EECA and South East Asia.

TB Alert is the government’s lead NGO partner in delivering England’s national TB Strategy. Mike is a member of the national TB Programme Board, TB Delivery Board, and several regional TB Control Boards. He chairs the national TB strategy Communications steering group and leads TB Alert’s work on patient and public involvement and engagement through collaborations with various academic institutions. Mike is a Trustee of the Edinburgh-based International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.


Aaron Oxley

Aaron Oxley is the RESULTS UK Executive Director. Aaron was involved with RESULTS as a grassroots volunteer in 1998. In 2005 he joined the Board and in 2009 was appointed Executive Director. He has a long career in development that began in microfinance late last century, and has helped to build organizations in the developing world to provide the poor with access to financial services including savings, loans, and insurance. More recently he has focussed his efforts on TB and is a huge fan of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB, and Malaria.


Map of Civil Society Organisations

There are a wide variety of relevant civil society organisations working within the region. We have tried to collate as many of these as we can.

To find organisations working in particular countries, click on the country on the map below:

Map of our Member Countries

TBEC has members from across the WHO Europe Region, which includes countries in Central Asia. The following map provides an indication of the spread of our members.