TBEC was formed by a group of engaged TB advocates in 2009. 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.


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.


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.

TBEC organogram

The Secretariat is de facto based between London (hosted by RESULTS UK), Brussels (hosted by Global Health Advocates), and Kiev (hosted by Alliance for Public Health), with staff operating the work and budget of the network from the three individual organisations. 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.

TBEC annual online consultation meeting recording 2018

TBEC annual Board meeting report 2018

TBEC Steering Committee annual meeting report 2017

TBEC Steering Committee annual meeting report 2016

TBEC Steering Committee annual meeting report 2015

Nevertheless, TBEC’s overarching vision and mission is to ensure civil society has and continuously increases its capacity to drive the TB response. Thus, TBEC believes that the needs of the members should be at the core of TBEC strategic direction. The active involvement of TBEC membership in the governance and management of the network happens via a variety of ways, the most obvious of which is the Board elections, but also via regular consultations and communication between general membership and governance bodies. You can see the membership list here.

TBEC annual report 2017

TBEC annual report 2016

TBEC annual report 2015


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