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TBEC announce a call for Individual Entrepreneurs to provide logistical and administrative support in the organization of a series of national and international events (trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.)  within TB-REP2.0 project

TBEC announce a call for Individual Entrepreneurs to provide logistical and administrative support in the organization of a series of national and international events (trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.) within TB-REP2.0 project

TB Europe Coalition invites Individual Entrepreneurs to indicate their interest to provide logistical and administrative support in the organization of a series of national and international events (trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.) needed 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 Request of the Expression of Interest and Terms of References. The deadline for this has passed. 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.

TBEC at the EU Health Programme High-Level Conference in Brussels

TBEC at the EU Health Programme High-Level Conference in Brussels

Last Monday, TBEC Secretariat team attended the EU Health Programme High-Level Conference in Brussels. The conference brought together various EU officials and policymakers, researchers, representatives of the national public health institutes and intergovernmental organisations and civil society organisations, and networks. Organised by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, the conference focused on key achievements and “success stories” around each one of the four objectives of the 3rd Health Programme. TBEC team from London showcased TBEC activities within the framework of EU Health programme grant at the conference’s NGO stand and discussed the TB advocacy and people-centred care issues with various civil society organisations and representatives of national public health institutes. Unfortunately, during the conference, TBEC learned about the European Commission’s plans to close the EU Civil Society Forum on HIV, TB and Viral Hepatitis. The EU CSF on HIV, TB and viral hepatitis is an informal advisory body established by the European Commission, aiming to facilitate the involvement of civil society in policy and programme-making. It has been a unique example of cooperation between civil society organisations and EU institutions in health policy. Both EU institutions and other civil society networks have often referred to the EU CSF More…

TBEC welcomes Paul Sommerfeld as new Board Chair

TBEC welcomes Paul Sommerfeld as new Board Chair

On 27th September, Paul Sommerfeld has been voted in as new Board Chair of the TB Europe Coalition. Jonathan Stillo steps in as his Co-Chair while Marine Ejuryan and Stefan Radut are filling the roles of Vice-Chairs. The four of them form the new Executive Committee of the TB Europe Coalition. The move happened when Fanny Voitzwinkler decided to step down as Chair of the TB Europe Coalition. “I am very grateful to have been part of the creation and growth of the TB Europe Coalition in the past decade. We have achieved so much and now have a very skilled and strong structure in place. As I am reorienting myself out of the NGO world, I feel it is time to step down as Chair of the TB Europe Coalition.” says Fanny. The Board thanked her for her commitment and leadership throughout the years and wishes her the best in her new endeavours. 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 More…

TBEC Study Visit in London

TBEC Study Visit in London

From the 16th-18th September 2019, nine advocates from across Europe came to London for the TBEC Knowledge Exchange workshop. Between them, they represented Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, and Ukraine. The background of participants varied greatly, from the Chair of the Global Fund to a TB survivor, from the outreach TB nurse to national TB advocacy officers. Before the study visit, all participants were asked to develop a project they are planning to implement in their home countries, following the visit. Again, the submitted projects varied greatly, ranging from a research project on TB and diabetes to the implementation of the Global Fund grant activities to developing advocacy strategies towards local municipality. The key objectives for the study visit were two-fold: first of all, to share the experience of TB advocacy and service delivery, specifically, outreach to vulnerable groups and communities in the UK, and, secondly, to build partnerships and networks amongst the participants by sharing the examples from their home countries and see how the UK experience can apply to their work on the ground. The workshop began with presentations on the regional and international advocacy in the UK from Aaron Oxley, Executive Director More…

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. The deadline for this has passed.   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.

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…

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