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Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
Kyrgyzstan is implementing transition planning for TB and HIV

Kyrgyzstan is implementing transition planning for TB and HIV

A working group has brought together representatives from The Global Fund, government, civil society and communities to work on the transition. The Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan has formed a multi-disciplinary working group of specialists to plan, coordinate, and implement transition planning for TB and HIV. The group is already staffed by management, procurement, public health, and finance specialists. Representatives of civil society organizations and communities are also included. Other positions will be added. The working group will be assisted by a technical support group consisting of representatives from international organizations – the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, the World Health Organization, Open Society Foundations, UNAIDS – and communities. The representatives of CSOs and the communities are actively engaged at the decision-making level in the working group, and have suggested most of the initiatives that the working group has adopted, according to Aibar Sultangaziev, executive director of the Partnership Network, an association of 26 local CSOs. Consultation with the CSOs and the communities are ongoing. The discussion is focused mostly on service provision – in particular, which services should be covered, what elements should be included for each service, and how much they will cost. The working group More…

Giving MDR-TB Patients a New Lease on Life

Giving MDR-TB Patients a New Lease on Life

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) can be successfully treated today; however, the treatment course can take as long as two years and side effects can be severe if not appropriately addressed. The rate of MDR-TB treatment success is largely dependent on a patient’s socioeconomic circumstances as patients from marginalized groups are particularly vulnerable to dropping out of treatment. That is why ensuring patients’ adherence to TB treatment through a patient-centered approach that engages communities and civil society organizations, is critical to the success of MDR-TB treatment outcomes. Consistent with the principles of the WHO End TB Strategy, Project Hope’s interventions in Tajikistan (within the framework of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria TB grant) have provided a robust foundation for building a strong coalition in which communities and civil society organizations play a crucial role in combatting TB. Trained members of civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGO) have a unique capacity through patient education and psychosocial support to reach out to their communities to ensure that TB and MDR-TB patients make full recovery. One such patient for whom Project HOPE’s community-based initiatives were life-changing is Alisher Latipov. A family man from the Spitamen district in Tajikistan’s Sughd region, Alisher More…

The Third Consultation on Global Fund 2017-2021 Strategy took place in Istanbul, TBEC was there!

The Third Consultation on Global Fund 2017-2021 Strategy took place in Istanbul, TBEC was there!

July 21-22, 2015 in Istanbul (Turkey) held a technical consultation on the transition to domestic funding of HIV and TB responses and their programmatic sustainability in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). The meeting was initiated and carried out by EHRN and with the support of Global Fund. The consultation was attended by representatives of governmental, non-governmental national and network organizations from EECA (ECU PLWH, TB Europe Coalition, ENPUD), as well as members of several delegations on the board of the Global Fund, UN system organizations and donor agencies. The main purpose of the consultation was to discuss the realistic planning structure to ensure the programmatic sustainability of EECA countries that making the transition to the domestic funding instead of funding from the Global Fund, as well as the preparation of draft of Framework for Sustainability and Transition. Key issues included the principles, sources of technical support, algorithms and mechanisms that will help to ensure a successful transition to national funding sources. The objectives of consultative meeting were to review the experience of other countries in transition, to define key elements and timelines to be included in a Framework for Sustainability. It will further serve as guidance for all stakeholders More…

Key positions of civil society and communities from the EECA region on the new Global Fund Strategy 2017–2021

Key positions of civil society and communities from the EECA region on the new Global Fund Strategy 2017–2021

On 12-13 July 2014, civil society and communities’ representatives met in Chisinau, Moldova for the Consultation meeting in order to develop key positions and suggestions that should be reflected in the Global Fund’s strategy for 2017-2021. The consultation was organized by the Communities Delegation on the Board of The Global Fund in co-operation with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network. Civil society and community participants were representing wide regional networks, such as EHRN, ECUO, ECOM, ENPUD, EWNA, SWAN, TBEC, ITPCru, Delegations on the Board of the Global Fund, such as the Communities Delegation, the Developed and Developing Country NGO Delegations and the EECA Delegation. The delegates concluded their key messages and topics relating to the context of the fighting against TB and HIV in Easter Europe and Central Asia. The summary document: “Key themes and positions on the Global Fund Strategy 2017–2021 as stated by civil society representatives from Eastern Europe and Central Asia” covers the following themes: Transition to domestic funding and Global Fund investment in middle-income countries Continuum of HIV and TB services for key affected populations Treatment for TB, HIV, conditions caused by long-term ART, co-infections and access to medications Human rights, gender equality and vulnerable groups Community More…

Online nominations open for EECA participants in Global Fund Partnership Forum in Buenos Aires

Online nominations open for EECA participants in Global Fund Partnership Forum in Buenos Aires

This call is for nominations from local, regional and international civil society and community organisations and networks only. The 2015 Partnership Forum provides a unique opportunity for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria to reach out to a wide range of stakeholders for consultation and inputs as it develops its 2017 – 2021 Strategy. The theme of the 2015 Partnership Forum is “Shaping our future: Collaborating for a Healthier World”. The Buenos Aires Partnership Forum, the third in this series of consultations, will be held 3-4 September, 2015* and will bring together participants from countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Participation at the Partnership Forum is by invitation only, and stakeholders are invited to put forward nominations. The Partnership Forum will include key GF stakeholders — including civil society and community representatives, representatives of implementers and in-country stakeholders, representatives of stakeholders with an existing governing, funding or assurance role and global and regional stakeholders and partners. Priority will be given to in-country partners, and to ensuring a balance of voices from different stakeholder groups. Selection of nominees is the responsibility of the relevant GF oversight committee. This call is for More…

Contribute to the development of the Global Fund 2017-2021 Strategy - Our Region Needs Your Voice!

Contribute to the development of the Global Fund 2017-2021 Strategy – Our Region Needs Your Voice!

In order to be best prepared for future challenges and opportunities of a rapidly shifting landscape in global health and development, the Global Fund has started the process of developing its new 2017-2021 Strategy. This new Strategy is expected to be adopted by the Board of the Global Fund in spring 2016. As the development is underway, the Global Fund is requesting that all stakeholders participate in the Global Fund e-Forum. The e-Forum is a borderless, and open to all, multilingual online consultation running from April 20 to June 30, 2015, that will help shape the new strategy of the Global Fund. The e-Forum is an integral part of this extensive consultation process, uniquely positioned to engage all sectors of society in an inclusive and participatory way to collectively shape the future work of the Global Fund.This year’s e-Forum starts on 20 April and runs over a 10-week period to end on June 30. It is moderated simultaneously in four languages, English, French, Russian and Spanish. All stakeholders are invited to discuss nine high-level strategic thematic areas of the Global Fund. The e-Forum 2015 is your opportunity to help shape the strategy and ensure the Global Fund’s increasing impact for More…

Finding a Way to Defeat TB: GF Chief Underlines a Focus on ‘Hot Spots’ of Disease at the Barcelona Conference

Finding a Way to Defeat TB: GF Chief Underlines a Focus on ‘Hot Spots’ of Disease at the Barcelona Conference

TB, one of the oldest diseases known to mankind, killed more than 1.5 million people in 2013, even though it is entirely curable. Leaders, health experts and civil society activists meeting recently in Barcelona at the annual Union Conference on Lung Health called for an approach that aims to defeat the disease, by working with affected communities and focusing on vulnerable groups such as miners and prisoners.  “We have to concentrate on vulnerable groups and hot spots,” said Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health for South Africa. “In South Africa we are targeting particular areas and not using a one-size-fits-all approach.” Miners in South Africa represent the highest TB rates in the world. Incidence of TB is 70 times higher among prisoners than in the general population. Incidence of TB is falling at an annual rate of 1.5 percent, far too slowly. “I don’t think TB has been prioritized to the extent that it needs to be,” said Amy Bloom, senior technical adviser at USAID. “In the United States we don’t see TB and we don’t hear about it. People ask me: is there still TB in the world?” Even in South Africa, deaths from mining accidents attract far more attention More…

CSOs in Azerbaijan Report on Strengthening the Voice of TB Affected Community

CSOs in Azerbaijan Report on Strengthening the Voice of TB Affected Community

Azerbaijan is one of the 18 high priority countries for Tuberculosis (TB) Control in the WHO European Region and one of the 27 high MDR-TB high burden countries in the world. In 2012, Azerbaijan notified a total of 8140 TB cases, 2800 of them were estimated with MDR-TB. As in the other former Soviet Union (FSU) countries, TB re-emerged as an important public health problem in 1990s and its burden remains high in Azerbaijan. The latest (for 2010) WHO-estimated TB incidence in the country is 110 per 100,000 population, which is 7th highest rate among 54 countries of the WHO European Region. In Azerbaijan, the involvement of civil society organizations (CSOs) in treatment follow-up project for ex-prisoners by providing social and psycho-social support has allowed the country to achieve the best management and cure rates for MDR-TB in prisons in the former Soviet Union and one of the best worldwide. However,  CSOs were not recognized as respected partners until 2011 across many of components of national TB control programmes and the voice of people affected by TB, and particularly TB patients, was not heard until a few months ago. These voices were also not represented on the Country Coordinating Mechanisms More…

A New Report Analyses Gaps in TB/HIV services in Ukraine

A New Report Analyses Gaps in TB/HIV services in Ukraine

A recently released report by USAID-funded ‘Strengthening Tuberculosis Control’ project analyses gaps in HIV/TB services in Ukraine. The research was undertaken by the USAID-funded STBCU project (implemented by Chemonics International) and its partner the Global Tuberculosis Institute at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (GTBI). The situation with HIV/TB co-infection in Ukraine remains very serious. UNAIDS reports that TB is the most significant AIDS-related disease and cause of death in Ukraine. In 2012, TB was diagnosed in 5,541 (55%) out of the total 10,085 new AIDS cases. Late presentation for treatment and low ART coverage contribute to AIDS-related deaths in Ukraine. The 2013 WHO Global TB report indicated that 75% of TB patients in Ukraine had documented HIV status in 2012. The report, TB/HIV CO-INFECTION SERVICES GAP ANALYSIS, presents findings of the comprehensive gap analysis of TB/HIV co-infection services, to assess existing models of referral and collaboration among TB and HIV service institutions and organizations that provide care to patients with a dual diagnosis of HIV/TB in Ukraine. The report reveals that there are both strengths and gaps in management of TB and HIV in Ukraine. The aim of the analysis, conducted in 10 USAID-supported regions (the Autonomous Republic More…

European Parliament discusses rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Europe

European Parliament discusses rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Europe

The following post is brought to you by Steve Lewis, the Global Health Advocacy Manager at RESULTS UK, who last week attended a hearing in European Parliament on ‘Funding crisis at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and its impact on EU countries most affected by multi-drug resistant TB, in particular Romania’: Last week I was at a discussion in Parliament in Brussels during which European MEPs discussed the disturbing rise in TB in Eastern Europe. One of the worst hit countries is Romania where Romanian MEP Claudiu Tănăsescu told me, “When I used to work as a GP in Romania we believed that TB had been virtually eliminated. But this is not the case.” Information from various countries has been published recently in our report ‘Bridging the Gap – why the EU must address the funding crisis at the Global Fund to tackle HIV and TB epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia’. The report includes case studies that demonstrate that without the resources to aggressively tackle these two diseases, the region risks undermining the progress made to date. Since the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria was forced to cancel its last funding More…

'Here I Am' campaign illustrates successful impact of the Global Fund in fighting HIV, TB and Malaria

‘Here I Am’ campaign illustrates successful impact of the Global Fund in fighting HIV, TB and Malaria

The ‘Here I Am’ campaign, a global call on world leaders to save millions of lives by supporting a fully funded Global Fund, has been releasing a number of engaging video testimonials to highlight the positive impact that the Global Fund has had in fighting AIDS, TB and Malaria. The videos account first hand the struggles people have gone through when faced with either of these three diseases but also, importantly, the fact that many of them now have the help and hope they need to overcome them and enable them to live healthy and happy lives.  By featuring the stories from all over the world of those directly affected and the turnaround in their fortunes thanks to the Global Fund support, and combining these with campaign ambassadors, online actions, and on-the-ground mobilisations, the campaign is aiming to, build the collective power to end three of the world’s most deadly diseases. One of these powerful testimonies comes from Yevhen Selin from Ukraine. Yevhen tells of his experiences as a teenager with injecting drugs and addiction and how this led to both periods in jail as a young man. Having served half a sentence, Yevhen left prison determined to give up More…

Global Fund seeking your input to help strengthen engagement in governance and decision-making

Global Fund seeking your input to help strengthen engagement in governance and decision-making

Under Phase 2 of the Global Fund’s governance reform, the Fund is currently looking at how best to support implementer engagement in Global Fund governance and decision-making. In doing so, the board have produced a short confidential web-based survey asking for input into the major factors limiting engagement as well as the strategies to enhance it. The survey is seeking to find information on effective participation in Global Fund governance and decision-making in a manner that finds balance between the following: what the Constituency thinks is best for the organizations, individuals or countries that come together to form the constituency; what is in the best interests of the Global Fund as a whole. Referred to as ‘The Engagement for Implementers’, the Global Fund board invites participation from a wide range of Fund stakeholders including members of the Board and Committees, the Global Fund Secretariat, Partners, and TA providers.  They are also seeking to receive input from a range of individuals so as to ensure that as diverse a group of viewpoints as possible are represented. Particularly important is that Implementers and people living in countries which receive Global Fund grants get their viewpoints across. You can take part in the survey More…

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