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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…

What is new in Brussels?

What is new in Brussels?

In exactly one month, the 6threplenishment conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malariawill take place in Lyon, France. Earlier in spring this year, the Global Fund announced the target of $14 billion to step a fight against AIDS, TB and malaria for the next three years (2020-2023). The Global Fund presented Investment Case, showcasing how these $14 billion can help save 16 million lives and cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half. In response, the global civil society has been actively lobbying national governments, international bodies and private sector to increase their financial commitment ahead of the next three years. The month of August has seen a substantial increase in pledge from the European Union. President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced on behalf of the EU a commitment of €550 million for the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment during the G7 Summit in France. The EU has increased its pledge by 16 per cent over its previous contribution. It is an excellent sign of the EU continuous political and financial commitment to fight against TB on a global scale. Nevertheless, it is not the global commitment to fight against TB that More…

Charity Concert "No TB" in Tajikistan

Charity Concert “No TB” in Tajikistan

Initiated by the ‘Stop TB Partnership, Tajikistan’, beloved pop singer and Stop TB Ambassador Mrs Shabnami Surayo held a charity concert at the ‘Ahorun’ amphitheater in Dushanbe city on 24th August. The concert was attended by representatives of the Executive Body of the State Authority of Dushanbe city; MPs from the National TB Caucus, Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan (SPPT), and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan; Civil Society Organisations; TB survivors; ‘Stop TB Partnership, Tajikistan’s “Our champions: NO TB!” members, including Olympic champions, actors, renowned journalists, and comedians; local and international Mass Media and over 1400 members of the public. The concert started with a moment of silence to remember those who have died from tuberculosis. The show-concert was inaugurated by Dr Asliddin Rajabzoda, Director of the Republican Center of Protection of Population from TB under the Ministry of Health and SPPT and Mrs Mavluda Boboshozoda, Representative of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan. During the event Shabnami invited people for commitment and benevolence towards both the issue of TB and people with TB. The concert also included other celebrities, a music director, and a group More…

TBEC extends call for individual consultants to develop Costing Elements for Standardised package of community-based supportive services

TBEC extends call for individual consultants to develop Costing Elements for Standardised package of community-based supportive services

TB Europe Coalition extends call for individual consultants to develop Costing Elements for Standardized package of community-based supportive services to improve TB outcomes 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 files below. 4_REI_IC_elements of costing for services_extended 4_TOR_IC_elements of costing for services_extended 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.

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.

TB Prevention among Children in Kazakhstan

TB Prevention among Children in Kazakhstan

Children’s health is top priority: a project on the implementation of tuberculosis prevention activities among children and adolescents is ongoing in the Atyrau Region of Kazakhstan order to improve TB prevention among children in Kazakhstan.  Within the framework of the project ‘Implementation of Highly Effective Measures of Prevention and Treatment of Tuberculosis among Children and Adolescents in Atyrau’, seminars and trainings have been organized for educational institutions staff and media representatives. As such, representatives of educational institutions, journalists, and bloggers in the region are already well informed on tuberculosis prevention among children in Kazakhstan, about TB, its symptoms and the importance of preventive measures, including the need for vaccination among children. In Atyrau, the incidence rates of tuberculosis among children (0-14 years old) and adolescents (15-17 years old) are significantly higher than the national average. Among adolescents and children, the incidence of tuberculosis in 2017 is 1.5 times higher than the national average. For this very reason, the project Implementation of Highly Effective Measures of Prevention and Treatment of Tuberculosis among Children and Adolescents is run here in Atyrau. Its aim is to improve the organization of activities on TB prevention among children in KazakhstanThe project is implemented by the international organization More…

TBEC Director becomes Chair of the WHO RCC-THV

TBEC Director becomes Chair of the WHO RCC-THV

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that our Director, Mrs. Yuliya Chorna, has been elected as the Chair of the WHO Regional Collaborative Committee on the Accelerated Response to TB, HIV and viral hepatitis (WHO RCC-THV). Furthermore, our Board member – Mr. Safarali Naimov from Stop TB Partnership in Tajikistan has also been elected as a Member of the Core group from TB community. The WHO Regional Collaborative Committee onAccelerated Response to TB, HIV and viral hepatitis has been active for numerous years, and is considered one of the main platforms for interaction between civil society and the WHO Europe Office. This platform was originally established in 2012 to focus exclusively on TB. However, earlier this year, its mandate was expanded to include HIV and viral hepatitis, in order to help support the strengthening of health systems.  TheRCC’s ultimate objective is to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 3.3 in Europe (By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, TB, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases). In order to do so, there must be a coordinated and integrated approach from health systems, people-centred models of care, and the involvement More…

National Dialogue in Belarus - Collaborative Plan of Action to End TB

National Dialogue in Belarus – Collaborative Plan of Action to End TB

On the 6th and 7th August, TBEC ran the first National Dialogue for the Development of Partner Cooperation to End TB in Belarus. What does this long title actually mean? And what actually happened during the course of these two days in Minsk? During the two days, the 45 participants discussed how to organise people centred TB care in cooperation between civil society and how to introduce mechanisms for social contracting of TB care. The participants included: experts, key decision makers, people living with TB, representatives of civil society, two deputies from the Belorussian national assembly, three directors from state-level health departments, head of TB services, international experts, and journalists. The event was organised under the auspices of the regional TB Rep 2.0 programme. However, the thing that truly differentiated this from other events was that people living with TB participated on equal grounds with doctors and healthcare organisers. We would even go as far as to say that genuine dialogue took place – almost everyone who needed to be there was able to participate. What was discussed at the National Dialogue? One of the key questions during the meeting was regarding the development of cooperation between TB services and societal organisations in More…

Stop TB Partnership Tajikistan information advocacy event “Our champions: No TB!”

Stop TB Partnership Tajikistan information advocacy event “Our champions: No TB!”

“If we waste time, time will kill us” –  Dr Aslidin Rajabzoda, Director of ‘Republican Center of Protection of Population from TB’ emphasised during the event “Our Champions: No TB!” held on 31 July, 2019 at the ‘Dior’ venue, in the Varzob gorge, Tajikistan. ‘Stop TB Partnership, Tajikistan’ has brought together prominent representatives of various strata of society to form the team “Our Champions: No TB!”. To celebrate the collective initiative of star TB Champions to support National TB Program in ending TB in Tajikistan and to mark the 5th anniversary of its establishment, the ‘Stop TB Partnership, Tajikistan’ organized an information-advocacy event.   Thanks to the voice of Stop TB Ambassador-Tajik popular singer Shabnami Surayo, the luck of comedians Gharibsho & Jamshedi Halim in catching a golden fish, the jolly sound of Indian ‘Tabla’, the wondrous words from doctors and TB survivors, the song by famous singer Muzaffari Shodi, the courageous presence and messages of Olympic Champions – Mrs Mavzuna Chorieva and Dilshod Nazarov, the outstanding talent of journalists, the wisdom of healing of film/theatre actor Nurullo Abdulloev, the generous helping hand of LLC “Muhammad-A”, the presence of event safety service and the magical words by beloved poem Khairandesh More…

Advocacy on Tuberculosis in the UK – Working with Researchers and Clinicians

Advocacy on Tuberculosis in the UK – Working with Researchers and Clinicians

Results UK is one of TBEC’s main partners working in the UK and one of the few organisations focusing on TB. Today, their Parliamentary Advocacy Officer for Tuberculosis, Janika Hauser, will explain a bit about the situation in the UK and the campaigns she has been involved in. Janika spends her days engaging parliamentarians with RESULTS’ work on TB. She also serves as the Policy Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on TB, working with a passionate group of MPs and Peers who want to make sure that the UK government plays a leading role in the defeat of the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Advocacy on Tuberculosis in the UK  Whether I am speaking with a Member of Parliament in London or a member of the general public in Birmingham, awareness around TB is incredibly low in the UK. While most people will have heard about HIV and Malaria, few will know that TB kills more people each year than the other two diseases combined. Even fewer know that the UK continues to have one of the highest rates of TB in Western Europe, with vulnerable and marginalised communities at greatest risk. We’re lucky that the UK still invests More…

The new GTBC regional manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The new GTBC regional manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Many of you will already know the Global TB Caucus and the fantastic Tsira Chakhaia, who has been the Regional Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia for the last few years. The Global TB Causus is an international network of over 2400 Parliamentarians from over 130 countries, who are working together to end TB. We often work together with the Caucus. For example, earlier this year, we organsied a webinar in Russian together on parliamentary engagement, during with Tsira gave a presentation. Tsira has sadly left the Caucus, but we are very pleased to welcome the new Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Alesia Matusevych: Let me introduce myself a little. My name is Alesia. I’m from Ukraine and had been working as an assistant to the Ukrainian Member of Parliament Mr. Serhiy Kiral for about 4 years. Mr. Kiral is also a Head of Parliamentary Platform for fighting against TB in Ukraine, as well as Eastern European and Central Asia Co-chair of the Global TB Caucus. I decided that, while I was keen to continue fighting TB, I wanted to do so in a position which would allow me to make a greater impact on such an issue. More…

Vacancy Announcement - TBEC Capacity Building Manager

Vacancy Announcement – TBEC Capacity Building Manager

The Tuberculosis Europe Coalition (TBEC) is looking for an experienced Capacity Building Manager to join its international team on a part-time (up to 80%) basis, with the probability of extension to full-time employment. The TBEC Capacity Building Manager will support the capacity building of tuberculosis (TB) affected communities and civil society to be meaningfully engaged in the TB response and transition to people-centered care in the WHO Europe region, with a particular focus on the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). ABOUT TBEC Established in 2009, 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 TB, and ensure political and financial commitments to end TB.  Currently TBEC has more than 200 members from more than 30 countries in the region. In 2017, TBEC was registered as a legal entity in the Netherlands to step up its regional and national advocacy, capacity building and support to country-led TB advocacy initiatives. The TBEC Secretariat is responsible for the coordination, communication, administration, programmatic and policy management of the network. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES The More…

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