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TBEC Capacity Building Workshop

From 16 to 18 September this year, TB Europe Coalition will host a three-day capacity building workshop on TB advocacy and service delivery in London (Vauxhall). The workshop aims to showcase the best practice in TB advocacy and service delivery in the UK, strengthen the organisational capacity of participants via various capacity building activities and enhance peer-to-peer learning and collaboration across the European region. The workshop will gather 9 participants from across the various civil society organisations, working on TB in the wider European region (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Ukraine). The three-day workshop will focus on: TB advocacy in the UK – engagement with the UK government, members of parliament and international organisations; TB service delivery in the UK – programme governance structures, new TB Strategy, site visits to Find&Treat van and Olollo House; Capacity building – UK best practice in grassroots engagement, health promotion and campaigning; Following the workshop, all participants will use what they have learned for the benefit of their country-based projects. At the moment, the submitted proposals range from developing a research paper to carrying out a broader advocacy campaign to organising a regional civil society network. TBEC members will be able to follow the development of the projects via regular updates on More…

The TB Europe Coalition delegation visited Latvia

The TB Europe Coalition delegation visited Latvia

On 15th – 18th September 2015, three members of the TB Europe Coalition visited Latvia in order to conduct a TB Advocacy workshop, reach to civil society actors in the one of the TB high-priority countries in the EU, and strengthen their voice in a fight against tuberculosis (TB) in the country. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Latvia (CDPC) and co-financed by the European Commission. Latvia with an estimated population of 2.35 million has consistently ranked among the countries with the highest rates of MDR-TB in the world. TB incidence in Latvia has decreased from 74/100,000 in 1998 to 31.8/100,000 cases in 2014. In absolute numbers this means 637 new TB cases in 2014 (Chart 1). Incidence of MDR TB cases has also decreased over the years from 332 cases in 1997 to 63 in 2014 (Chart 2). However, Latvia is among the 27 high MDR-TB burden countries in the world and the number of people belonging to social groups at risk of TB is increasing. Among new TB cases, 10% developed MDR-TB and among retreated cases this rises to 26%. Co-infection rates are also high with around 15% of More…

TB Europe Coalition meets with Ukrainian civil society

TB Europe Coalition meets with Ukrainian civil society

Following the end of the TB Europe Network meeting in Kyiv, members of the TB Europe Coalition seized the opportunity of being in Ukraine to meet with local TB civil society organisations (CSOs) and relevant stakeholders in the country. This was the second visit of the TB Europe Coalition to Ukraine, following the first one in November 2010. On 25 April 2014, a group of TB Europe Coalition members met with the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine. The discussion focused on the work of the European Union (EU) to support the fight against TB in the country and, more in general, the assistance offered by the Delegation to local CSOs. The representative of the EU Delegation explained that most of the money that the EU invests in TB in Ukraine is channeled through the EU contribution to the Global Fund and general budget support to the Ukrainian government. In spite of this, there may be opportunities for local non-governmental organisations engaged in the fight against TB to access resources, especially in the field of human rights and vulnerable groups, which remain priorities in the EU-Ukraine relations. In this sense, it was underlined that TB CSOs ill increasingly coordinate More…

Strengthening advocacy capacity at the TB European Network meeting in Kyiv

Strengthening advocacy capacity at the TB European Network meeting in Kyiv

The third day of the TB Europe Regional meeting was led by the TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) Secretariat and dedicated to strengthening the advocacy capacity of TB activists in the Eastern European and Central Asia (EECA) region. By presenting TBEC’s work and how the coalition has developed since its creation, facilitators provided participants with tips on how to carry out effective advocacy activities and build partnerships in order to make their voices heard at both national and regional level. The ultimate goal of the training session is to contribute to the strengthening of civil society in order for them to persuade decision-makers about the importance of taking action against TB in the twelve countries represented at the meeting and in the whole region. This is especially important at a time when, in spite of high rates of TB-HIV co-infection and drug-resistant TB, international donor financing is increasingly uncertain. In this context, increased pressure from local civil society organisations becomes critical to address this gap and ensure adequate domestic financing of national TB programmes. Yesterday, we also spoke about the need for civil society organisations to advocate for greater inclusion into country processes, such as the CCM. Participants all had a More…

TBEC participates in the Global Fund consultation on regional TB strategy for EECA

TBEC participates in the Global Fund consultation on regional TB strategy for EECA

  On 13th November, the Global Fund Secretariat organised a consultation at WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen to define a regional TB strategy for the implementation of its New Funding Model (NFM) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). The consultation gathered a wide range of stakeholders including the Stop TB Partnership, the Global Fund Secretariat, WHO Country offices across the region, USAID, civil society groups like the TB Europe Coalition, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, MSF, the International Federation of the Red Cross, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance Ukraine and the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV. The aim of the consultation was to define a limited set of priorities on what the Global Fund can do most effectively in the region while generating the greatest impact. Indeed, a Global Fund modelling of funding allocations under the NFM indicated that just 3% of total resources would be allocated to EECA. This represents a 50% decrease of what was previously available. Investment therefore needs to be directed towards most effective and targeted interventions. A similar consultation was held previsouly in Geneva on HIV. Two priorities were identified for EECA: increased access to ARVs More…

TBEC talks advocacy at Wolfheze Conference

TBEC talks advocacy at Wolfheze Conference

This week, many members of the TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) are attending the 16th Wolfheze Workshops in The Hague, the Netherlands. The workshops, jointly hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), aim is to strengthen tuberculosis (TB) control in the WHO European Region. What are the Wolfheze Workshops and who is involved? The workshops provide a platform for national TB programme managers, health authorities, laboratory experts, national TB surveillance correspondents, civil society organisations and other partners to discuss past achievements and future challenges. As all these groups come together under one roof, the workshops really provide an invaluable opportunity for sharing experiences, discussing progress and planning for the development of Region specific methods for fighting TB based on a consensus-building approach. TB remains a critical issue worldwide and the WHO European Region where, every hour, there are 49 new TB cases and 7 deaths, is no exception. The problem is particularly acute when you take into account multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). An estimated 76,000 MDR-TB cases occured in the WHO European Region in 2011, accounting for nearly 25 percent of cases worldwide. These shocking figures illustrate why it is so important so many More…

The Zero Declaration

The Zero Declaration

The Treatment Action Group (TAG), an independent think tank carrying out research on HIV and related issues, including TB, has recently launched ‘The Zero Declaration’  movement. The movement, open for both individuals and organisations  to sign and join, has called for the world to act with urgency in order to achieve zero TB deaths, zero new TB infections, and zero TB suffering and stigma – goals considered possible with greater action from the global community.

TBEC meets with TB stakeholders in Moldova

TBEC meets with TB stakeholders in Moldova

From 12 until 16 August 2012, Paul Sommerfeld from TB Alert UK, Fanny Voitzwinkler from Global Health Advocates France and Cristina Enache from Romanian Angel Appeal met with TB advocates in Chisinau and Balti, Moldova. Our visit was facilitated by PAS: the Centre for Health Policies and Studies (NGO Principal Recipient of the Global Fund for TB and HIV) and Speranta Terrei (a community-based organisation based in Balti working with TB patients). The main objectives of the TBEC visit were to inform local advocates about the TB Europe Coalition, EU advocacy, the Berlin Declaration and the M/XDR-TB Action Plan, to explore how TBEC might assist with the advocacy concerns of Moldovan NGOs and draw Moldovan TB advocates into TBEC. 13 August: preliminary meetings – Chisinau During the first day of the visit, the TBEC met with the Centre for Health Policies and Studies (PAS) Director Viorel Soltan (former Deputy Minister of Health, former GFATM board member for the European region and current Chair of the Global Fund Finance and Operational Performance Committee) and his staff to get an understanding of the local dynamics when it comes to TB care and control, the impact of the GF cancellation of Round 11 More…

TBEC Symposium on CSOs and Advocacy at the Union Regional Conference, 05/07

TBEC Symposium on CSOs and Advocacy at the Union Regional Conference, 05/07

The TB Europe Coalition would like to invite you all to a Symposium we are organising during the Union Regional Conference on Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases in London on 5 July from 2-5pm See Programme: CSO Symposium IUATLD Regional Conf Prog July 2012 The Symposium will be followed by the bi-annual TBEC meeting from 5pm until 7pm. If you are interested in being involved in TB advocacy in the European region, you are welcome to join us.   For more information, please email: fvoitzwinkler@ghadvocates.org

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.  

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