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Call for applications: development of the new TBEC website

Call for applications: development of the new TBEC website

TB Europe Coalition is seeking a website developer to: Develop new TBEC website on a secure open-source platform; Migrate the content of our current website to the new website; Develop an easy-to-read guidance document on the management of the site’s back-end and carry out at least one online tutorial for TBEC Secretariat members; Please see Terms of Reference for more detail. Please send your proposals to coordinator@tbcoalition.eu by COB, the 20th of September 2019.

Apply for TBEC capacity building workshop in London!

Apply for TBEC capacity building workshop in London!

TB Europe Coalition is launching a call for applications for a three-day TBEC capacity building workshop on TB advocacy and service delivery that will take place in London, from the 16th to the 18th September 2019. The three-day workshop will focus on: TB research and advocacy in the UK (from engagement with government officials and members of the UK parliament to working closely with academic networks and international organisations); Organisational capacity building of TBEC members (from best practice in awareness raising and health promotion among affected communities to practical experience in grassroots engagement to fundraising strategies to successful campaigning); TB service delivery (including visiting the Find&Treat van and Olallo House in London); TBEC will cover all travel, accommodation and per diems for THREE participants. As this workshop aims to use the acquired information in your day-to-day work, all the participants will be asked to develop and implement a small project/activity set in their home country, following the training. Thus, in your application form, you will be asked to provide an outline for such a project. The form of the activity can vary from the development of organisations advocacy or grassroots engagement strategy to creation of local advocates group to the More…

TBEC requests proposals for provision of consultancy services to conduct coaching/needs assessment visit to Republic of Kyrgyzstan and to Republic of Armenia within TB-REP 2.0 project

TBEC requests proposals for provision of consultancy services to conduct coaching/needs assessment visit to Republic of Kyrgyzstan and to Republic of Armenia within TB-REP 2.0 project

TB Europe Coalition invites International Organizations providing consultancy services to indicate their interest to conduct coaching/needs assessment visit to Republic of Kyrgyzstan and to Republic of Armenia in the framework of the implementation of the current tasks of the Global Fund Multi-Country Program “Advancing People-Centered Quality TB Care –From the New Model of Care Towards Improving DR-TB Early Detection and Treatment Outcomes” (TB-REP 2.0).  Detailed information is provided in the Requests of the Expression of Interest and Terms of References. The Organization may apply for the provision of services in one country or in both of them. If Organization applies for two countries – two separate sets of documents expressing the interest should be submitted. The deadline for this has passed. 3_REI_CQ_Coaching_Visits_Armenia 3_REI_CQ_Coaching_Visits_Kyrgyzstan 3_ToR_CQ_Coaching_Visits_Armenia 3_ToR_CQ_Coaching_Visits_Kyrgyzstan       This webpage is the product of an activity that has received funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020). The content of this webpage represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not More…

Tuberculosis, AMR and UHC at this year’s G20

Tuberculosis, AMR and UHC at this year’s G20

G20 countries, along with all UN Member States, have committed through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to achieve Universal Health Coverage, to end preventable deaths of children under the age of five, to end tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AID, malaria epidemics, and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. At current rates of progress, NONE of these goals will be met. G20 countries are in a unique position, and have a responsibility, to spur the changes needed to get the world back on track to reach the SDG targets, being both a coalition of the world’s largest economies and home to a large share of the global burden of disease, for example about half of the world’s TB cases. The SDG target to end the epidemic by 2030 will not be met for at least another 100 years. The change in pace required to meet the SDG targets will in part depend on political will, and under Japanese presidency 2019 is the year for G20 countries to step up. In September 2018, all UN member states made commitments to get on track to end the TB epidemic by 2030 by signing the political declaration of the UN High-Level Meeting on TB (HLM). The More…

An active start of the year for Azerbaijan TB Coalition

An active start of the year for Azerbaijan TB Coalition

The year 2019 has started rather actively for Azerbaijan TB Coalition, ranging from active ad hoc advocacy following a visit to children TB sanatorium to preparation for a parliamentary hearing on TB situation in the country to enhancing regional cooperation via meeting with another TBEC member – Turkish Anti-TB Association in Istanbul. In early January, Azerbaijan TB Coalition visited TB Sanatorium for children in Baku, only to find kids living in appalling conditions, with extremely poor sanitation and no indoor heating in the midst of winter. Following a conversation with the Head of the Sanatorium, the Coalition sprang into immediate action to, first of all, provide some warm clothing and a warm meal for each child and at least one heating system for each room; secondly, to raise the issue with relevant government bodies, which resulted in a Presidential decree to allocate additional finance for the completion of the construct of a new building for the children TB Sanatorium only couple weeks after the visit. As soon as the construction is completed all the children will be transferred to the new sanatorium. In addition to supporting the children TB Sanatorium in Baku, the Azerbaijan TB Coalition actively prepared for the parliamentary More…

A new national TB Caucus in Denmark is ready for work!

A new national TB Caucus in Denmark is ready for work!

Denmark, Wednesday 27th February On 27Th February Peder Hvelplund and Flemming Møller Mortenson, two Danish members of the Global TB Caucus, hosted a parliamentary hearing on TB in the Danish Parliament. The hearing brought together a number of stakeholders in the TB response including parliamentarians, civil society, and academics, to discuss the future parliamentary response to TB in Denmark. The meeting was a great success, not only uniting a number of different stakeholders but also resulting in the launch of a Danish TB Caucus, which will help to galvanise parliamentary engagement on the issue of TB throughout the Scandinavian countries. Mr Peder Hvelplund opened the meeting with a call to action to his fellow parliamentarians, asking to join himself and Mr Mortenson in engaging the Danish government on the issue of TB. Mr Hvelplund pointed out that according to the current projections of TB progress rate, the target to end TB will be missed by 150 years, and an estimate of 27 million people will die of TB during the SDG period. “In 2030, we will ask ourselves, how has the world got to this point?… I do not want the answer to be, because parliaments didn’t pay any attention” More…

Deaf or Dead? It is time to stop the torture of people who suffer from TB

Deaf or Dead? It is time to stop the torture of people who suffer from TB

PRESS RELEASE On World Tuberculosis Day 2019, the TB Europe Coalition calls on countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region[1] to stop the common use of injectable drugs with debilitating side effects on people who suffer from a form of Tuberculosis that is resistant to antibiotics (drug-resistant Tuberculosis or DR-TB). Countries should immediately provide newer, safer treatments as recommended by the WHO. We welcome those countries that have already launched the National Tuberculosis Program transition plan to new M/XDR-TB treatment recommendations, but still the large majority of people living with DR-TB have no access to new lifesaving treatment, such as bedaquiline and delamanid, and have currently no other choice than to go through older, more toxic, less effective treatment options. This is due to the fact of high costs of the new TB drugs and, in some countries, due to the lack of legal basis to use new DR-TB treatment. The older treatment regimens can take up to two years and consist of more than 14,000 pills combined with daily injections that cause severe side effects, such as deafness. This gives only a 50% chance of survival, which in fact means that every second person is sentenced to More…

Shifting undercurrents in the EU health policy – BREXIT is not the only danger!

Shifting undercurrents in the EU health policy – BREXIT is not the only danger!

The beginning of the year has been eventful in Brussels, and it was not just never-ending BREXIT saga that has stirred the passions of health advocates and civil society organisations in the EU capital. With the elections of European Parliament slowly approaching and the negotiations on the next EU long-term budget 2021-2027 in the process, numerous policy documents, ideas and initiatives, with potential to seriously affect TB policy at the EU and national levels, have been circulating around. TB Europe Coalition, whose Board member, Marine Ejuryan is also a co-chair of the EU Civil Society Forum on HIV/AIDS, TB and viral hepatitis, has been actively involved in various advocacy initiatives amongst different civil society networks. One of the key advocacy opportunities at the moment is an on-going discussion about the future of the EU Health Programme, the Health Strand within the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), from 2021 – 2027. Last year, EU CSF on HIV/AIDS, TB and viral hepatitis actively engaged with Members of European Parliament to amend the initial Commission’s proposal to cut future health funding by 8% compared to the 2014-2020 period. All the advocacy efforts were fruitful, and the European Parliament not only suggested to increase More…

APPLY NOW: Call for a communications consultant for TBEC

APPLY NOW: Call for a communications consultant for TBEC

TB Europe Coalition is currently looking for a communications consultant to develop a comprehensive communication strategy aimed at 1) increasing external visibility of TBEC network via revamped TBEC website and targeted media outreach plan and 2) enhancing engagement and information exchange amongst TBEC members. The consultant should have a good track record in the development of a communications strategy, specifically for charities and NGOs. The consultant will develop a comprehensive TBEC communication strategy 2019-2021 with the aim of raising TBEC visibility at the regional and international level and increase engagement and exchanges amongst TBEC members. The communication strategy should include the following sections: I. Analysis of the currently used communication tools by TBEC Secretariat; II. Suggested cornerstones for TBEC communication; III. The external media approach aiming for increased TBEC media presence at regional and international levels; IV. The membership engagement approach; For more detail, please see Terms of Reference here. If you are interested, please send us your CV, cover letter and salary expectations by COB 25th of March 2019 to anete.cook@results.org.uk Due to limited capacity, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

TBEC requests for cost proposals for provision of logistical support services

TBEC requests for cost proposals for provision of logistical support services

The TB Europe Coalition is soliciting cost proposals for the provision of event management and logistical support services during implementation of TBEC ongoing projects. Detailed information is provided in the Invitation to Quote. Invitation to Quote_en The deadline for submission of the cost proposals is March 22, 2019, 18:00 for local Kiev time. All proposals must be submitted by e-mail to Medvedenko Anna medvedenko@tbcoalition.eu.     This webpage is the product of an activity that has received funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020). The content of this webpage represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

TB outreach in Bulgaria post Global Fund – a guessing game?

TB outreach in Bulgaria post Global Fund – a guessing game?

Update: On 5th of March, the Ministry of Health announced a public tender for TB services for the NGOs. Unfortunately, the call for tender covers only 4 cities – Vidin, Gabrovo, Sliven and Pernik and only for the 6 months, with the total amount of 9300 euro per city. The scope of services includes: First of all, 200 persons screened by inquiries; secondly, 100 persons screened by Mantoux skin tests and finally, only 10 people accompanied and assisted for treatment. Thus, although the initiative of the Ministry of Health is commendable, the actual amount allocated is minuscule and cannot be considered as sustainable long term solution.  On 14th and 15th of February, TB Europe Coalition organised a two-day advocacy workshop for civil society organisations and activists from all around Bulgaria. The workshop aimed to build and strengthen coordination amongst tuberculosis (TB) interested civil society organisations and activists ahead of the withdrawal of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) from the country. The country has been a recipient of donor support to their HIV/AIDS and TB programmes from the Global Fund since 2004 and 2008 respectively. Following Bulgaria’s accession to the EU and its continuously improving economic More…

Civil society calls on governments to fully fund Global Fund and save millions of lives

Civil society calls on governments to fully fund Global Fund and save millions of lives

On St. Valentine’s Day, the TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) took part in a flash mob initiated by the Alliance for Public Health and Eurasian Harm Reduction Association in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This happened in the frames of the Global Action coordinated by GFAN Asia-Pacific with the support of GFAN Africa and inspired by communities and civil society. In Ukraine, representatives of communities and civil society organizations in a form of “love letters” delivered to the Embassies of donor countries an important advocacy message to fully fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). More than 130 representatives from the WHO Europe region united effort through these signed letters to advocate for an increased contribution for Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment (2020-2022 years). “Global Fund is very key donor for Eastern Europe and Central Asia to fight TB. We reached out 26 Embassies showing currently achieved results and calling for further support. We need the resources to address TB, especially MDR-TB, to scale up up-to-date TB diagnostics and treatment, to find people with TB missed by healthcare system, to change outdated policies to people-centered approach.” – emphasizes Andriy Klepikov, Executive director of Alliance for More…

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