About Us2021-02-10T17:29:43+00:00


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.


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.

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 spring 2020, TBEC has more than 230 members, including individuals and civil society organisations from more than 34 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.


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 in the TBEC fundraising policy.

Program “Advancing People-Centered Quality TB Care – From the New Model of Care Towards Improving DR-TB Early Detection and Treatment Outcomes”, financed by Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Community, Rights and Gender Strategic Initiative, funded by Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Operational Grant funded by a EU CHAFEA Specific Grant Agreement

Regional Project “PRO-ACT TB 2022”, led by TBEC and funded by the Stop TB Partnership Challenge Facility for Civil Society


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 creation when he led on building links between activists in Western Europe and those in the East. Using his original career skills in facilitation, he has led numerous workshops across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

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

From 1998 until December 2019 he was Chair of TB Alert, a United Kingdom-based NGO with programmes in Africa, India, and the UK. Also, he was once Chair of the Advocacy, Communication & Social Mobilization Working Group of the global Stop TB Partnership. 

He has held several UK public appointments – Chair of a National Health Service trust for mental health services in two London boroughs, and as lay member in organisations 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 in Detroit, Michigan. He teaches medical anthropology and public health.  He has been part of the leadership of TB Europe Coalition since 2012 and a member of the Global TB Community Advisory Board since 2013. He is currently the Coordinator of the WHO EURO/Wolfheze Patient-Centred TB Care Working Group. 

Jonathan has received research grants from the US National Science Foundation, The US Department of State, among others, and has consulted for WHO, ECDC, and the US Embassy in Bucharest.  Jonathan has been researching tuberculosis (TB) in Romania since 2006—including living at a TB sanatorium for several months and interviewing hundreds of patients and medical personnel across the country. His current research and advocacy focus is on social, economic, and structural barriers to health and how better outcomes can be achieved for people with drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) using person-centered, human rights-based approaches. 

Olga Klymenko, Vice-Chair of the TBEC Board

Olya Klymenko became a passionate TB activist after her illness in 2015. She published the book “My Inner World: Confessions of a Tuberculosis Patient” and supported patients in treatment. Since 2017, she has been defending the rights of people affected by TB for quality services by leading the Charitable Organization TBpeopleUkraine. In the 2-year period, TBpeopleUkraine succeeded in developing the patient community to the national level and established the TBpeopleUkraine representation in 12 different cities by engaging local NGOs.  


Thanks to expert support, TB-community representatives were enrolled as members of local self-government coordination bodies as well as local and national coordination councils on HIV/TB. Since 2020, Olya has been a chair of the steering committee of the National Partnership “Stop Tuberculosis. Ukraine”, which unites 72 non-governmental organizations under the goal to develop a quality state system for overcoming tuberculosis in Ukraine. The TBpeopleUkraine team has taken the lead of social contracting for TB treatment and care, successfully developing and implementing TB prevention programs and scaling-up the OneImpact mobile application for people affected by TB in every region of Ukraine. 

Stefan Radut, Vice-Chair of TBEC Board

Stefan Radut is from Bucharest, Romania. In 2011, he started to get 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, nine 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, and in the development of the Draft Romanian TB Law. He is involved in advocacy efforts for approval of the Romanian TB Law. He is a member of the Romanian CCM and represents Romania in SEE Regional Coordination Mechanism. He is Vice-president of COPAC-Romania (Coalition of Organizations of Patients with Chronic Diseases from Romania). He is also a Vice-Chair of TBEC Board and a member of TB People. Since December 2017, he has been 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 the marginal population and he 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 2015. She has also been involved in TBEC’s programmatic activities, country visits, and capacity-building workshops, as well as in advocacy towards the European Union for a better TB response in the WHO Europe region. 
Currently, she works as Advocacy Manager at Global Health Advocates’ Brussels office. Previously she had worked in an international NGO advocating for human rights and good governance in Brussels, as well as in the international development field during a traineeship in the European Commission. She has previously done internships with 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. Since 2017 she has been the Advocacy Officer in charge of 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 Parliament, a long and challenging legislative process. 

Cristina is involved in the TB and HIV advocacy campaign, which started in April 2017 under the 2015–2018 Global Fund grant and 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.  (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/ROindex.aspx). She has contributed to the advocacy campaign awareness component on 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.  

Cristina has also taken the fight against TB to the community level. She has been involved in several TBEC activities which enabled her to facilitate two advocacy workshops, one in Riga, Latvia (2015), and one in Bucharest, Romania (2016). In addition, she is part of the TBEC team who met with TB stakeholders in Moldova in 2012 for advocacy purposes. Cristina worked with TBEC members to organise a second workshop in Bucharest in November 2018 and met 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 at “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 “Dose of Love” as a volunteer, and later she continued as an outreach worker with vulnerable groups, project coordinator, and Executive Director. At present, she coordinates a local project on HIV/TB and is acting as Financial Director on the Managing Board of “Dose of Love”. 

Nela has experience in working with vulnerable groups including drug users, sex workers, men who have 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” a public association, TB NGO in Azerbaijan founded in 2010. He has partnered with all NGOs fighting TB in the country, and he created a civil society TB platform in September 2011 called “Azerbaijan TB Coalition” (TBAZC).  

In 2010, Elchin joined TBEC, and later in 2014, he became a TBEC Board member. Elchin is a member of CCM, and a member of the national TB working group as well as many other TB related networks and platforms. Since 2016, he has been acting as the TB REP Focal Point as the CSO partner from Azerbaijan. 

Elchin studied at the Azerbaijan State University of Languages and later he studied at the faculty of Health Promotion and Health Education at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands in 2006. In 1997, he started his career in the field of public health as a Health Educator at the Department of Tuberculosis at the International Committee of the Red Cross. Elchin has since been involved in the implementation of TB projects and works closely with international partners like PAS Center Moldova, Public Alliance Ukraine, Global Fund, Network of TB people. He is 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”.  

Safarali Naimov

Safarali Naimov from Tajikistan, has lived through multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). He knows first-hand the challenges that continue to exist for people in accessing and adhering to TB treatment. 

Safarali became a member of TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) in 2013 and participated in a training conducted by TBEC. This helped him become a co-founder of “Stop TB Partnership, Tajikistan” (STBPT), which unites and advocates for people affected by TB, and includes CSOs, celebrities, journalists and opinion leaders. STBPT works closely with NTP, Members of Parliament, and represents TB affected communities at the National Coordination Committee in the Republic of Tajikistan. 

Safarali is a member of TBPeople, a member of GCTA, and represents people affected by TB at several initiative groups at the WHO European office. Safarali has worked as a member of Affected Communities and CS Advisory Panel in the lead up to, and during, the UN High-Level Meeting on TB.   

Oxana Rucsineanu

Oxana Rucsineanu is currently leading a TB organization in Moldova (SMIT), which provides psychosocial support, peer education, and activities to end stigma. Becoming a TB activist, after having gone through the personal experience of drug-resistant tuberculosis, she is now an active member of the National Platforms of TB NGOs and KAP (Key Affected Population) Committee, CCM, and National Committee of Experts in the country. Internationally, Oxana is engaged in TBEC, CABs STREAM, GCTA, TB CAB, TB People, and SEE-RCN networks. Since 2011, she has coordinated several projects focusing on the rights of TB communities, comprehensive approaches to TB care, and engaging communities in research and development. Oxana is strongly committed to advocating for constructive partnerships and efficient treatment processes as well as to making TB voices heard in the global TB response. 

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.

Sharonann Lynch 

Sharonann Lynch is the Senior HIV and TB Policy Advisor for the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign. Ms. Lynch has worked for 20 years in the global health and humanitarian field, primarily related to access to HIV and TB treatment. She joined MSF in 2006, working for four years in various positions in the field in southern Africa, primarily focused on introducing innovative models of community-based treatment and changing national policies to support improved quality of care. In 2009 she joined MSF’s Access Campaign and working on issues related to HIV, TB, and access to essential medicines policies of national governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, and other global health actors.

Yuliia Kalancha, TBEC Acting Director

Yuliia KalanchaYuliia 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 the widening of access to treatment at the national, regional, and international levels. Before joining TBEC she worked at AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Ukraine as an 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. Yuliia took over the duties of TBEC Director in August 2020

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.

Caroline Anena TBEC Coordinator

Caroline Anena

Caroline joined TBEC in Feb 2020 as TBEC Coordinator. Prior to joining TBEC Caroline worked in humanitarian emergency in Northern Uganda during and after the civil war. She has worked with local government and international organizations like International Criminal Court, Save the Children and Gulu local government, and many others on different fields of advocacy, research, Child protection, and translation.

While in the UK, Caroline was involved in advocacy work with Octavia housing, Bright Future organization, African Women Lawyers’ Association UK. Caroline has worked in advocacy work for children from disadvantaged backgrounds with Bright Future. She also worked with Octavia Housing before joining TBEC. she worked as an administrator for African Women Lawyers’ Association in the UK.

Caroline has masters in International Law and an undergraduate in Social Work and Social Administration. Her career reflects a passion for human rights, humanitarian and international development.

Khrystyna Vilyura, TBEC Program Manager

Khrystyna joined TBEC team in August 2020 as a Program Manager. She started her public health career in the area of TB control and prevention in 2011 and was responsible for the implementation of the nationwide information campaign «Stop TB in Ukraine». Also, Khrystyna was coordinating the regional experts in advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities in all regions of Ukraine as well as the National TB Hotline.

Khrystyna has experience in strengthening the capacity of national and regional non-governmental organizations, developing the program instructions and guidance for regional stakeholders, conducting training, and other events.

Before joining TBEC as a Senior Program Officer in Alliance for Public Health, Khrystyna was providing technical assistance and support to NGOs, quality control, and quality assurance measures and evaluating the efficiency of project activities in regions, coordinated the procurement procedures for national HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Also, Khrystyna provided technical support for community-based organization within the transition period from the donor to state financing of prevention programs in Ukraine.

Ms. Vilyura also has experience in communication with government agencies while working in mass media in one of the largest business associations in Ukraine.

Ave Talu, TBEC Program Manager


Ave joined TBEC in September 2020 as a Program Manager. She is an experienced public health researcher, expert, consultant, project manager, and analyst with a long national, international, and EU experience. She has over 20 years of work experience across different organizations with a strong focus on illicit drugs, HIV/AIDS, HIV and tuberculosis co-infection, innovative public health interventions, prevention of stigma and discrimination, and access and quality of treatment and care.
Before joining TBEC, she had worked in Estonia nongovernmental organization as an analyst and researcher for the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), the U.S. military-specific HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment program. For the past seven years, she has worked as a project director and researcher in clinical trials aimed at reducing injection initiation. All of these, as well as previous studies, have been conducted in collaboration with a highly inspiring nongovernmental organization.
Also, Ave has worked in Estonia as the head of the Estonian Drug Monitoring Centre. She has been working as a scientific expert in the Central Asia Drugs Action Program, CADAP 5, and CADAP 6.
She holds a Master of Science degree in public health from the University of Tartu.
Her portfolio also includes monitoring and evaluation, harm reduction, health communication, health advocacy, gender, and human rights, capacity development, mentoring, and management of multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

Aleksandra Vasylenko, TBEC PR Manager

Since 2008, Aleksandra Vasylenko has been professionally engaged in communications in the social and medical fields, particularly in those issues where it is possible and needed to influence the change in public opinion and behavior. Aleksandra has proven experience in communication activities in public, private, and non-profit organizations. For the first time, she was involved in communication work in the field of TB control in 2011 within the framework of the Global Fund project “Stop TB in Ukraine”. Later she continued her work at the ICF “Alliance for Public Health”, on behalf of TBEC which was a partner in the TB-REP project. This experience provided an opportunity not only to expand knowledge about the problem of the disease in the EECA region but also to get acquainted with national aspects and approaches in TB control, to promote the exchange of useful information among CSOs in the countries of the region and to study in detail the best practices of implementing people-centered approaches.

In addition, Aleksandra Vasylenko has been responsible for coordinating the activities of the inter-factional deputy association “Parliament Platform to Fight Tuberculosis” in Ukraine since its establishment in 2017 to the present day.

In the course of her work in the field of TB control, Ms. Vasylenko has continually interacted with TBEC and since June 2020, as a Communications Consultant, she had the opportunity to directly participate in the work of the Coalition. Since August 2020, Aleksandra joined the TBEC team as a PR Manager.

Louise Cliff TBEC Officer

Louise Cliff

Louise Cliff is the TB Europe Coalition Officer, she joined TBEC in August 2020.

Prior to working with TBEC, Louise was coordinating trainings as part of the SPARK Libya skills development project. She has previously worked on reproductive and sexual health issues in Kosovo and was a Trainee at the European Commission.

Louise has a Masters in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research and is passionate about working to support key affected populations. She is currently supporting the creation of a new civil society organization in Tunisia and an app on reproductive health issues in Sudan.

Mariia Chuprynska, TBEC Program Manager

Mariia joined the TBEC team in January 2021 as a Program Manager. She has more than 5 years of experience in all aspects of the project cycle.

Mariia holds a Master of Law degree and Master of Cultural Anthropology degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Mariia started her career in management in 2013 where she worked with CF “Patients of Ukraine” as a manager in the project of Ukraine’s pharmaceutical market deregulation and also worked in the Swiss-Ukrainian project “Decentralization Support in Ukraine”. Mrs Chuprynska worked as a Project manager in the Social Safety Nets Modernization Project, funded by the IBRD. Mariia has experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Kira Grozava, TBEC Administrative Officer


In February 2021, Kira joined TBEC to provide administrative support for various ongoing TBEC projects.

Prior to joining TBEC, Kira had a diverse experience of working in both public and private sectors related to administrative work, finance, and project management, including organizing events for international organizations, technical support, and project implementation. She was involved in the launching of Regional Technical Support Hub (hosted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance to provide technical assistance on effective HIV/AIDS responses to civil society organizations and community networks, CCMs, and NGOs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia), ensuring that administrative and financial systems of the hub are in line with the organizational and local legal requirements, efficient financial management and reporting to sponsors of capacity building activities.

Kira has a BBA and Master’s degree in Economics from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Vera Diukanova, TBEC Finance Manager


In early 2021, Vera started her role as TBEC Finance Manager in a consultant capacity. Her key tasks are bringing order to the financial system and ensuring the smooth and efficient functioning of TBEC’s operations. 

Vera’s expertise lies in budgeting and forecasting, investigating anomalies, and identifying areas for savings. Throughout her professional life, Vera participated in a successful proposal writing and implementation of awarded contracts from the international donors, among them The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (TGF), USAID, EU, and the UN.

Vera is seasoned in project finance management including planning (budgeting for grant proposals), reporting (for donors as well as to internal and external stakeholders), and control (up to the final audit and closure), development of internal policies and procedures, and operational excellence.

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.

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