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TBEC Coaching Visit in Armenia

TBEC Coaching Visit in Armenia

 From the 24th – 26th September, a team of TB REP 2.0 project partners, representing TBEC and PAS Center took part in a three-day coaching visit to the Republic of Armenia. The visit objective was to get acquainted with the overall context of the TB response in the country, with a specific focus on the capacity building needs of civil society organisations involved in TB care. To address such needs, a National Dialogue is planned in the future – to promote cooperation between NTP, other TB stakeholders, and civil society in advancing a people-centred approach to TB care. Further details regarding the National Dialogue will be made available on the TBEC website calendar. The coaching visit’s agenda included meetings with NTP, WHO CO, civil society organisations, organisations from affected communities, and Members of Parliament. There are a number of positive signs regarding the response to TB in Armenia and the country has demonstrated particularly strong leadership in facilitating the timely introduction of new WHO DR-TB treatment guidelines. Within the remit of this change, Armenia is also transitioning to an entirely oral-treatment regime, rather than injectables. This is a great success; TBEC have been highlighting the need to provide TB patients with More…

JOB: Apply to be TBEC Officer (Maternity Cover)

JOB: Apply to be TBEC Officer (Maternity Cover)

The TB Europe Coalition is delighted to announce a vacancy for the role of TBEC Officer (Maternity Cover).  The Officer will be responsible for the communication, advocacy and capacity-building of TBEC members and represent the TBEC Secretariat in London. They are the primary liaison with members and are responsible for the management of the Coalition membership. The role, alongside TBEC’s other Secretariat staff, will be responsible for leading the delivery of TBEC’s communication strategy, TBEC advocacy and research, and capacity building activities, ranging from online webinars to country-based workshops. The person will also manage the engagement and outreach towards TBEC members and support the management of the EC grant where necessary. For full details of the post, see the job description and person specification. To apply for this post, send your CV and cover letter (maximum two pages) to coordinator@tbcoalition.eu by midnight on the 19th November. 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, More…

Estonian Network of People Living with HIV International Summer Camp

Estonian Network of People Living with HIV International Summer Camp

Today we have a blog from our member organization, the Estonian Network of People Living with HIV. The network has been organizing an annual International Summer Camp for activists, volunteers, and PLHIV community leaders since 2005. This year, they held the XV International Summer camp in Narva-Jõesuu, Estonia, from the 9th to 12th September. Narva-Jõesuu is a town in Ida-Viru County, in north-eastern Estonia, a very beautiful and popular place thanks to its eight-kilometer-long white sand beach lined with pine trees. During the camp, participants get to know more about advocacy, what key skills are necessary to begin the implementation of advocacy as a separate direction of activity, and learn about unique advocacy problems in the fields of HIV/AIDS, TB, and Hepatitis C. The main goal of the International Summer Camp is to promote the development of leadership among PLHIV in Estonia and its neighbouring countries. The camp creates conditions for stable communication and mutual support between the participants and other representatives of the community and volunteers concerning the preparation and implementation of advocacy campaigns and events. It also defines the basic provisions for the advocacy action manual. The camp consists of five days training: presentations, warm-ups, discussions, brainstorming, working More…

TB Advocacy in the Netherlands

TB Advocacy in the Netherlands

In September 2019, to mark a year since the UN High-Level Meeting on TB, Serhii Kiral, Co-Chair of the Eurasian Parliamentary Group on TB, Alesia Matusevych & Kate Thompson, TBEC members and members of the Global TB Caucus Secretariat, travelled to the Netherlands for a joint delegation with KNCV. The visit aimed to facilitate engagement between Caucus members within the European region, particularly Anne Kuik, Dutch TB Champion, and help to ensure sustainable parliamentary engagement in the Netherlands on this topic. On Thursday the delegation travelled to Rotterdam to participate in the World of Health Care (WOHC) event. The WOHC event was organised by a coalition of Dutch civil society to highlight the role of international collaboration in achieving SDG 3, which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. Upon arrival the Caucus delegation decided to take part in an interactive discussion about how to resolve various public healthcare scenarios in Malaysia and Kenya. Our topic was Antimicrobial Resistance in Malaysia, allowing Serhii Kiral to draw upon his experiences as the Special Rapporteur on Multi-Drug Resistant TB in Europe for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Serhii Kiral was also invited to More…

TBEC announce a call for Individual Entrepreneurs to provide logistical and administrative support in the organization of a series of national and international events (trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.)  within TB-REP2.0 project

TBEC announce a call for Individual Entrepreneurs to provide logistical and administrative support in the organization of a series of national and international events (trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.) within TB-REP2.0 project

TB Europe Coalition invites Individual Entrepreneurs to indicate their interest to provide logistical and administrative support in the organization of a series of national and international events (trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.) needed 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 in the Request of the Expression of Interest and Terms of References. 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.

TBEC at the EU Health Programme High-Level Conference in Brussels

TBEC at the EU Health Programme High-Level Conference in Brussels

Last Monday, TBEC Secretariat team attended the EU Health Programme High-Level Conference in Brussels. The conference brought together various EU officials and policymakers, researchers, representatives of the national public health institutes and intergovernmental organisations and civil society organisations, and networks. Organised by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, the conference focused on key achievements and “success stories” around each one of the four objectives of the 3rd Health Programme. TBEC team from London showcased TBEC activities within the framework of EU Health programme grant at the conference’s NGO stand and discussed the TB advocacy and people-centred care issues with various civil society organisations and representatives of national public health institutes. Unfortunately, during the conference, TBEC learned about the European Commission’s plans to close the EU Civil Society Forum on HIV, TB and Viral Hepatitis. The EU CSF on HIV, TB and viral hepatitis is an informal advisory body established by the European Commission, aiming to facilitate the involvement of civil society in policy and programme-making. It has been a unique example of cooperation between civil society organisations and EU institutions in health policy. Both EU institutions and other civil society networks have often referred to the EU CSF More…

TBEC welcomes Paul Sommerfeld as new Board Chair

TBEC welcomes Paul Sommerfeld as new Board Chair

On 27th September, Paul Sommerfeld has been voted in as new Board Chair of the TB Europe Coalition. Jonathan Stillo steps in as his Co-Chair while Marine Ejuryan and Stefan Radut are filling the roles of Vice-Chairs. The four of them form the new Executive Committee of the TB Europe Coalition. The move happened when Fanny Voitzwinkler decided to step down as Chair of the TB Europe Coalition. “I am very grateful to have been part of the creation and growth of the TB Europe Coalition in the past decade. We have achieved so much and now have a very skilled and strong structure in place. As I am reorienting myself out of the NGO world, I feel it is time to step down as Chair of the TB Europe Coalition.” says Fanny. The Board thanked her for her commitment and leadership throughout the years and wishes her the best in her new endeavours. 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 More…

Michael Kazatchkine meets civil society representatives in Azerbaijan

Michael Kazatchkine meets civil society representatives in Azerbaijan

Professor Michael Kazatchkine, special advisor to the Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Azerbaijan, made an official visit to Azerbaijan between the 30 September and 3 October 2019. During his visit to Baku, Professor Kazatchkine had already met with the head of State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance and planned to meet with the Ministry of Health, deputy of the Ministry of Social Affairs, deputies of the Prime Minister who responsible for Sustainable Development, Parliamentarians from the Health Committee and head of Main Medical Department of the Ministry of Justice. Together with colleagues from state authorities and CSO, he planned to discuss TB advocacy issues, HIV/AIDS and viral Hepatitis response of the country to increase government commitments while reaching UN 2030 Agenda. As a strong advocate for the civil society involvement in TB and HIV/AIDS response, on October 1, Professor Kazatchkine also met with TB Azerbaijan NGO Coalition and the NGOs who work in HIV/AIDS projects under the support of the Global Fund. Partners discussed CSOs’ efforts and advocacy activities for sustainable TB and HIV response in the context of the transition processes from the More…

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.

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