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Posts tagged "Belarus"

Belarus National Dialogue

The aim of the National dialogue is to provide assistance to bridge the gap between civil society and the health services of the Republic of Belarus to provide people-centered TB services and develop a regional policy document on the roles of civil society and community in people-centered models of care. If you are interested in this event and would like more information, please contact Daniel Kashnitsky, TBEC Capacity Building Manager,  at

The TB Europe Coalition Visit to Belarus

The TB Europe Coalition Visit to Belarus

As part of a TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) series of field visit, three members of TBEC visited Belarus in November 2014. These visits have been to countries in the WHO European Region with a high burden of multidrug-resistant TB. To date TBEC has visited Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus and Tajikistan. TBEC members met with several individuals and organisations in Minsk, Belarus, interested in TB. In addition to these meetings, the team participated in a two-day Conference “Community role in the life of TB affected people through Global Fund (GF) processes”. Defeat TB Together (DTT) facilitated the visit to Minsk. DTT is a republic-wide NGO, formed mostly of TB patients, doctors and nurses, starting to work on advocacy, care and support. The main objectives of the TBEC visit to Belarus, as with previous country visits, were to: Understand in greater detail the challenges for civil society organisations working on TB or related areas (including the financing of TB information giving and the broader local NGO landscape); To further involve Belarus NGOs in future TBEC activities; Explore potential opportunities for donors to support local NGOs in TB work. Co-facilitate a two-day workshop (or Conference) “Community More…

Comprehensive report on drug-resistant tuberculosis launches in the UK

Comprehensive report on drug-resistant tuberculosis launches in the UK

This week, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis (UK) launched a report – Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Old Disease, New Threat – highlighting the increasing concern that exists about growing rates of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). The comprehensive piece was compiled after considerable time spent on processing both written and oral evidence from a number of experts in the field.The report identifies the main challenges facing not only the UK but also the world and outlines a series of recommendations for swift action where the biggest impact can be made. Importantly, the report highlights that it is not only developing countries that are witnessing a rise in DR-TB. Significantly, it makes note of the fact that 15 of the 27 highest burden countries are in the WHO European region. Almost 80,000 multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) cases occurred in the region in 2011, accounting for nearly a quarter of all MDR-TB cases worldwide. In Russia, Belarus and Ukraine between nine to 32% of new cases and more than 50% of previously treated cases have MDR-TB. These figures should drive our leaders both domestically and at an EU level to take action. Not only are DR-TB strains more difficult to treat but they More…

Belarus: the world's highest documented levels of MDR-TB

Belarus: the world’s highest documented levels of MDR-TB

In 2010, a survey conducted in Minsk, Belarus found that nearly one out of every two (47.8 percent) TB patients had multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). These were the highest MDR-TB levels ever recorded. In response, the Belarusian Ministry of Health conducted a nationwide survey to better understand drug resistance across the country, as well as the risk factors that lead to MDR-TB. The national survey found similar levels as the initial Minsk survey did. Thirty-five percent of new TB cases and 45 percent of all TB patients in the study had MDR-TB. Of those with MDR-TB, 12 percent had extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), a form of resistance to second line drugs that develops on top of MDR-TB. The results confirm that the alarming levels of drug resistance first found in Minsk are not restricted to the capital city but are widespread across the country. The high level of new TB cases that have MDR-TB indicates that MDR-TB is easily being transmitted throughout the population. The authors cite poor management of TB patients, including poor lab facilities for TB diagnosis, a lack of standardised treatment, poor infection control within hospitals, failure in directly observing treatment, lack of patient support, drug stock-outs and More…

New report calls on the EU to tackle TB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

New report calls on the EU to tackle TB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

A report released today has called on the EU to demonstrate its potential for leadership and help fill the funding gap in tackling TB and HIV that has been left by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria’s funding shortfall. The report outlines the burden of disease on the region: “The European region is home to some of the highest rates of MDR-TB in the world (…) Although the global rate of new HIV cases has stabilised and is beginning to decline in many countries, EECA is one of two regions where the number of new HIV cases continues to rise.” The report makes evident that more work needs to be done in the EECA region to combat both HIV and TB. Due to the Global Fund funding shortages and changes in the eligibility criteria, current efforts to tackle the problem are in jeopardy and the region faces the risk of undermining the progress that has been made in the past decade. The report details the cases of Belarus, Romania and Russia as examples to highlight the impact of the funding shortfall in EECA countries. In Belarus, the Government was relying on the Global Fund for a grant to help More…