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HIV/TB Patients in Eastern Europe at higher risk of death than in Western Europe

HIV/TB Patients in Eastern Europe at higher risk of death than in Western Europe

The Lancet HIV Journal published a recent research study conducted by Daria Podlekareva and her colleagues that shows an alarming situation for people living with HIV and diagnosed with tuberculosis in Eastern Europe. They have a risk of death nearly four-times higher than patients from Western Europe and Latin America.   As mentioned in the study the reasons for the high mortality rate in Eastern Europe are complex and multifactorial. However, an urgent action is needed to improve tuberculosis care for patients living with HIV in this region. For full text and more details, please click here: Tuberculosis-related mortality in people living with HIV in Europe and Latin America: an international cohort study This blog 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 blog 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 More…

GOOD NEWS from KAZAKHSTAN:  Tuberculosis on decrease in the last 10 years

GOOD NEWS from KAZAKHSTAN: Tuberculosis on decrease in the last 10 years

According to the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the country made a good progress in the tuberculosis incidence and mortality. Over the last 10 years the incidence of TB in Kazakhstan decreased by 2.2 times and the mortality rate decreased by 5 times. In 2015, the incidence decreased by 11.9% and amounted to 58.5 per 100 thousand population (in 2014 – 66.4), the mortality rate decreased by 22.4% and amounted to 3.8 per 100 thousand population (in 2014 – 4.9) (Health Ministry) The effective treatment of newly diagnosed patients with sensitive tuberculosis in 2015 improved and reached 87.6% compared to 86.4% in 2014 (WHO standard – 85%). “Today, all regions of the country are provided with modern equipment for diagnosis of tuberculosis, including its drug-resistant forms. The country has sufficient level of necessary medicines, “the ministry informed. This blog 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 blog 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 More…

High level event on sustainability of TB and HIV responses held in Tbilisi, Georgia

High level event on sustainability of TB and HIV responses held in Tbilisi, Georgia

From 28-30 September, a TBEC delegation attended a high level dialogue in Tbilisi ‘Road to Success’. We joined technical experts, civil society, donors, international agencies and Ministers to discuss the transition of some countries from donor support to domestic funding in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The high level regional dialogue, hosted by the Georgian government and organised by the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, the Global Fund, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNODS, UNFPA and WHO Europe is the first in a series of national dialogues which will develop plans for each countries for transition from Global Fund funding of TB and HIV programmes in the region. Although domestic financing of TB and HIV responses have been increasing throughout the years, countries are still highly dependent on Global Fund support, especially for services to key populations (81% dependent on external support), TB diagnostics like functioning of GeneXpert (94% dependent on Global Fund) and 2nd line TB drugs (66% dependent on Global Fund support). With figures such as these, in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets of ending TB and HIV as public health threats by 2030, we need not only to sustain but also scale up our responses in the coming More…

TB Azerbaijan Coalition initiated TB awareness campaign on World Humanitarian Day

TB Azerbaijan Coalition initiated TB awareness campaign on World Humanitarian Day

TB Azerbaijan Coalition initiated TB awareness campaign on World Humanitarian Day and cheered up Patients with live music by Azerbaijani singers. On 18th August 2015, on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the members of Azerbaijan TB Coalition (TBAzC) organized TB awareness campaign that accompanied with nice live pop music and some theatre performances by former-patients and young people. The purpose of the event was to teach key affected population more about TB disease, its prevention, treatment and as well as to have an opportunity to talk to TB patients and get acquainted with their problems and wishes and last but not least to cheer them up with live music by popular singers of Azerbaijan. It is acknowledged that with entertaining way of passing information is much more effective than doing it without any visual aids. The event took place in the yard of National Research Institute for Lung Diseases, where hundreds of TB patients receive treatment in wards inside of block of hospital buildings. It is mainly attended by TB patients and their family members who really were in need of such entertaining event. Some audience gathered around the circle and some were watching through their windows of hospital More…

TBEC gives a training on community involvement in TB care in Uzbekistan

TBEC gives a training on community involvement in TB care in Uzbekistan

At the end of July 2015, two members of the TB Europe Coalition were invited by WHO Europe to give a two-day training on engagement of civil society and community in psychosocial care for TB stakeholders in Uzbekistan. The training was given jointly with the Uzbek NGO Intilish and gathered stakeholders ranging from the NTP, the DOTS centre, TB doctors, the Women’s Committee, the Youth Organisation Camelot, the Mahalla Foundation, and the NGO Ishonch va Hayot. Participants were presented with regional and international policies on TB, regional perspectives and examples of community and civil society involvement in TB care as well as best practices on existing mechanisms of cooperation and coordination. Interactive discussions, role plays and group exercises were carried out to expose participants to the practicalities of patient-centered care and start discussion on the implementation of the recently developed psychosocial guidelines on TB care. Uzbek stakeholders generally understand well the added value of involving communities in TB care, and although the number of NGOs working in the field of TB care is small, prominent community actors such as the Mahalla Foundation, the youth organization Camelot and the Women’s Committee have great structures in place to reach out to the 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…

European Commission Health Programme call for proposals released

European Commission Health Programme call for proposals released

The EU Health Programme annual work plan includes funding for projects on ‘early diagnosis of tuberculosis’. Eligibility is limited to 28 EU member states, Iceland and Norway. On 02 June 2015, the European Commission Health Programme has adopted its Annual 2015 Work Plan. The call for proposals for projects under the 2015 Work Plan has been published on June 5, 2015.  The total amount earmarked for grants in 2015 is EUR 35 415 000. Of this amount, EUR 9 000 000 are allocated to projects. The maximum rate for EU co-financing of projects is 60 %, or may be increased up to 80 % if a proposal meets the criteria for exceptional utility. More information on co-financing criteria, eligibility, exclusion, selection and award criteria for project grants can be found in 2015 Work plan Summary here:  In 2015, the following directions are identified for funding: Gathering knowledge and exchanging best practices on reducing availability of alcoholic beverages; Early diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis; Early diagnosis of tuberculosis; Support for the implementation and scaling up of good practices in the areas of integrated care, frailty prevention, adherence to medical plans and age-friendly communities; Common assessment methodology on quality, safety and efficacy More…

Stop TB Partnership extends the deadline for the 2015 Kochon Prize until 24 July

Stop TB Partnership extends the deadline for the 2015 Kochon Prize until 24 July

Geneva, Switzerland – The Stop TB Partnership Secretariat has just announced that it will be extending the closing date of this year’s Kochon Prize call for nomination until Friday, 24 July, 2015. Funded by the Kochon Foundation, a non-profit foundation registered in the Republic of Korea, the USD 65,000 prize is awarded once a year to persons or organizations that have made a highly significant contribution to fighting TB. This year’s theme is “Unrecognized/unsung heroes working in TB”. Day by day, unknown and unrecognized heroes make miracles happen for those suffering because of TB. They are health workers, community workers, volunteers, researchers and service providers. These heroes battle restlessly with TB, and their efforts are making a huge impact in the lives of those affected by the disease — but they are rarely known or recognized for their huge efforts and impact. The nominations are open to individuals and organizations that are working in often challenging situations, with professionalism and dedication, making significant impact in changing and saving the lives of those affected by TB. Nominations should include: A form completed by the nominator, which can be found by clicking here. A letter of support from the nominator. All documentation should be More…

Take part in the online consultation for the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020

Take part in the online consultation for the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020

The Stop TB Partnership is this week launching the online consultation into the first public draft of the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020. The consultation process is open to everyone to share information, ideas and experiences, and, will run from 10 June to 10 August 2015. The development of the Global Plan seeks to be as inclusive as possible and the online consultation aims to reflect a diverse range of input in the Plan update, including the voices of people and professional groups and TB constituencies who may not have been reached previously. Participants are encouraged to provide comments — based on the top line questions asked — on the introduction and the seven main chapters that make up the Global Plan. If the Global Plan succeeds in reflecting the ambitions and aspirations of people fighting TB around the world, and manages to build a solid and engaging business case for why the world can save millions of lives and billions of dollars by scaling up the fight against the disease, it can become a forceful tool in advocacy, planning and budgeting. Since its creation, the Stop TB Partnership has issued five and ten-year Global Plans to provide a road More…

Former MDR-TB patient and TB advocate, Marina, meets with the European Parliament

Former MDR-TB patient and TB advocate, Marina, meets with the European Parliament

Between 18th and 19th November, TB Europe Coalition members, RESULTS UK and Global Health Advocates, had the exciting opportunity to welcome Marina to Brussels to brief decision-makers on the severity of the TB epidemic (TB) in the European Union (EU). Marina fought two years to defeat multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and is now a great advocate on the issue.  By bringing the perspective of MDR-TB patients, Marina highlighted the urgent need for action at regional level to fight TB and ensure the rights of TB patients. Marina’s story illustrates perfectly why the EU institutions and member states must work together as opposed to national governments acting alone. Marina, a Romanian citizen who now lives in the UK after studying for a degree in law at the University of Manchester, was studying abroad in France, when she first developed a cough that would not go away. This cough led her down a long road of doctors and tests as various French doctors struggled to identify a disease many believe no longer exists in Europe.  While Marina began to suspect she had TB, an illness that is quite common in Romania, doctors in France were failing to diagnose her. She therefore travelled More…

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