Progress on TB has been hampered by a chronic lack of political will. Many Western European Member States have a generally low burden of TB and so have not invested significant resources to tackle it. However, in Eastern European countries, where the TB and MDR-TB incidence is much higher, governments are often unable to invest in policies due to insufficient resources, or are unwilling to prioritise policies that mainly target the most at risk groups.

TBEC aims to address the lack of political will through continuous and strategic advocacy efforts with key decision makers and players from global organisations such as the Global Fund, WHO, UN, OECD, ECDC, G20 and EU amongst others at regional and international level TBEC aims to influence international and regional TB policy and mobilise resources to eliminate TB. TBEC’s reach and ability to communicate with the vast majority of TB activists is a cornerstone for ensuring legitimacy and even-handedness of TBEC member organisation policy asks to various high-level decision makers.

TBEC members regularly contribute to public consultations on the fight against TB in Europe, actively participate in relevant EU and WHO forums and stand available to provide information and advice to policy-makers on issues that the network has particular expertise. TBEC’s Secretariat chairs the  WHO Regional Coordinating Committee on TB, an interactive platform for stakeholders such as donors, technical agencies, professional societies and patient and community representatives to exchange information related to multidrug- and extensively-drug resistant tuberculosis responses and advocate for action. The RCC–TB comprises a steering group and a member network. Its mission is to work towards the achievement of universal access to evidence-based TB and M/XDR–TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care across the region. Different TBEC members are also systematically involved and selected as civil society representatives in National TB Programme Reviews organised by WHO Europe throughout the region.

TBEC can also be used as a sharing platform between those TBEC members with extensive experience in international advocacy and those who have little or no experience. TBEC members focused on service delivery can often provide “on the ground” examples and factual information on how international decisions affect individual countries to those TBEC members, who are actively engaged in regional and international advocacy work. Furthermore, TBEC members can exchange advice on best advocacy approaches and asks for specific decision makers. For example, the NGOs approaching the EU institutions will choose to focus their advocacy on integrated health care or access to medicines, but when reaching out to the G20 or G7, the focus will be on antimicrobial resistance.

TBEC Policy and Advocacy Updates

2019 Quarter 1 Update

2019 Quarter 2 Update

2019 Quarter 3 Update

TBEC advocacy examples

TBEC report on the importance of civil society organisations in missing case finding projects.

TBEC summary and full report from the Wolfheze working group on people-centred care.

TBEC letter to the Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Security.

TBEC contribution to Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market.

TBEC co-chairs the EU U Civil Society Forum on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis.

TBEC presentation at the EU Health Symposium. See here.

TBEC EU Advocacy tour. Please read more here.

TBEC open letter to Estonian PM in view of Estonian Presidency of the EU. Please read here.

TBEC advocacy results in written questions of the Members of European Parliament to the European Commission. Read here.


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