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TBEC Participation in the EU HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum Meeting

TBEC Participation in the EU HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum Meeting

The biannual face-to-face meeting of the EU HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum (CSF) took place on 17-18 June in Luxembourg. The forum has been established by the European Commission to facilitate the participation of European NGOs in policy development and implementation, as well as in information exchange activities. Initially established as a forum for HIV/AIDS civil society, in 2017 the EU Civil Society Forum was extended to include hepatitis and tuberculosis NGOs, which allowed TBEC to formally become a CSF member. During the meeting, CSF members, including TBEC, provided updates on their work and discussed upcoming opportunities and challenges. TBEC also facilitated several sessions focused on political advocacy towards the EU. Since the last meeting in November 2018, the EU Civil Society Forum has been involved in a variety of advocacy activities. The Advocacy and Policy Working Group, coordinated by TBEC Board member Marine Ejuryan, has particularly focused its activities on ensuring that health is prioritised in the next EU long-term budget, the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), as well as making sure that health stays high on the agenda of the new EU Commission and Parliament after the EU elections in May. During the meeting, CSF members agreed More…

Estonian Network of PLWH has carried out World Tuberculosis Day event

Estonian Network of PLWH has carried out World Tuberculosis Day event

On 24th of March 2016, Estonian Network of PLWH has carried out World Tuberculosis Day event, which was celebrated with the message «Unite to end TB» Jõhvi and Kohtla-Järve. HIV express testing was organized in Kohtla-Järve. During the event, our volunteers visited inpatient tuberculosis department at Ida-Viru Central Hospital, Infectious Department at East Tallinn Central Hospital. Also a big training was organized in Jõhvi for Network volunteers and workers of rehab and social centers about HIV and TB. The trainers were Rein Sikut, cell biologist (GSK) and Veronika Ilyina, Head of the Pulmonary Department of Ida-Viru hospital. In total 50 volunteers participated, 3000 condoms, 2000 leaflets was spread. We would like to thank healthcare company GSK, AHF Foundation, OÜ Corrigo for their support in organizing and holding events. We thank all those, who participated in “Create a daisy with your own hands!” contest. We would like to express special thanks to Sillamäe house Sillamäe house and day center for people with special needs, Kohtla-Jarve and also youth center „Kohtla-Järve Noortekeskus”. For more information (in English and Russian) please visit Facebook or click here: World TB Day Article written by Estonian Network of PLWH This blog is the product of an activity More…

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…

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…

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…

New HIV Collaborative Fund Grant Programme for advocacy on TB/HIV

Find below (in Russian only) guidelines and application form for a new grant programme on advocacy for TB and HIV. FGLgr_Pieteikums2011 (application form) FGLgr_Vadlinijas2011 (guidelines)   NGOs (preferably young NGOs, which have been working for a year or less) and non-registered initiative groups from 15 countries of the former USSR only (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Estonia) are eligible to apply for grants up to 8,000 USD.   Applicants are encouraged to apply for grant in one of the two categories:   Advocating increased accessto treatment for HIV\AIDS and Drugs diagnosis Advocacy andimproved access tointegrated servicesfor prevention, diagnosisand treatment of TB for HIV-positive people   This program was announced yesterday and the deadline for applications is September 12th. It is possible to fill the application in English, even though Russian language is preferable.  

Outcome of the roundtable on drug-resistant TB and TB-HIV coinfection at the European Parliament

On 13 April, a roundtable on drug-resistant TB and TB-HIV coinfection on the EU’s doorstep was organised at the European Parliament. The event was hosted by the European Parliament Working Group on Innovation, Access to Medicines and Poverty-Related Diseases and aimed to alert on the high prevalence of multi-drug resistant TB and TB/HIV coinfection in Ukraine and other neighbooring countries. Members of the European Parliament, the European External Action Service, WHO Europe, Médecins Sans Frontières and the International HIV/Aids Alliance in Ukraine were present in the speakers’ panel. Following the discussions, the Chair of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Delegation committed to address HIV and TB issues during the next EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee to be held in Kyiv in November 2011. Civil society organisations and WHO Europe will be invited to present the current situation. The European External Action Service also took the alarming situation into account and decided to bring these issues to closer consideration in future EU-Ukraine Association Agreement negotiations.  

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