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CfP: Standardised Package and Costing Elements for Community-Based Support Services

CfP: Standardised Package and Costing Elements for Community-Based Support Services

TB Europe Coalition announces two calls for individual consultants for the following activities: To develop Standardized package of supportive community-based services to improve TB outcomes 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 in the Requests of the Expression of Interest and Terms of References. 3_REI_ IC_concept of standardised package of services 3_ToR_IC_concept of standardised package of services 4_TOR_IC_elements of costing for services 4_REI_IC_elements of costing for services The deadline for submission of the proposals 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 More…

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…

First Results of Tuberculosis Programme in Tajikistan

First Results of Tuberculosis Programme in Tajikistan

Within the framework of the Project “Assistance in reducing the burden of tuberculosis in the Republic of Tajikistan” – implemented in the country since May 2018 – 1,499 people have been tested for TB, of which 77 were diagnosed with TB. All 77 have started treatment and have been included in the Social Support Programme. The interim results of one of the project’s components – the Small Grants program – will be summarized in this article by Arthur Niyazov, Project Manager and representative of the international organisation “Project HOPE” in Tajikistan. The Project “Assistance in reducing the burden of tuberculosis in the Republic of Tajikistan” aimed to improve access to diagnostic services, treatment adherence, and patient support for vulnerable groups (specifically, migrants and their families). The international organisation “Project HOPE”, as a sub-recipient of the Global Fund grant, is responsible for the implementation of two important components of the project: the Small Grants programme and the motivational support programme for Drug-Resistant TB patients. The Principal recipient of the grant is the Project Implementation Unit of the Republican Center of Protection of the Population from Tuberculosis. The Small Grants programme aims to improve access to quality services for the diagnosis and 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…

Giving MDR-TB Patients a New Lease on Life

Giving MDR-TB Patients a New Lease on Life

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) can be successfully treated today; however, the treatment course can take as long as two years and side effects can be severe if not appropriately addressed. The rate of MDR-TB treatment success is largely dependent on a patient’s socioeconomic circumstances as patients from marginalized groups are particularly vulnerable to dropping out of treatment. That is why ensuring patients’ adherence to TB treatment through a patient-centered approach that engages communities and civil society organizations, is critical to the success of MDR-TB treatment outcomes. Consistent with the principles of the WHO End TB Strategy, Project Hope’s interventions in Tajikistan (within the framework of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria TB grant) have provided a robust foundation for building a strong coalition in which communities and civil society organizations play a crucial role in combatting TB. Trained members of civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGO) have a unique capacity through patient education and psychosocial support to reach out to their communities to ensure that TB and MDR-TB patients make full recovery. One such patient for whom Project HOPE’s community-based initiatives were life-changing is Alisher Latipov. A family man from the Spitamen district in Tajikistan’s Sughd region, Alisher More…

High level event on sustainability of TB and HIV responses held in Tbilisi, Georgia

High level event on sustainability of TB and HIV responses held in Tbilisi, Georgia

From 28-30 September, a TBEC delegation attended a high level dialogue in Tbilisi ‘Road to Success’. We joined technical experts, civil society, donors, international agencies and Ministers to discuss the transition of some countries from donor support to domestic funding in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The high level regional dialogue, hosted by the Georgian government and organised by the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, the Global Fund, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNODS, UNFPA and WHO Europe is the first in a series of national dialogues which will develop plans for each countries for transition from Global Fund funding of TB and HIV programmes in the region. Although domestic financing of TB and HIV responses have been increasing throughout the years, countries are still highly dependent on Global Fund support, especially for services to key populations (81% dependent on external support), TB diagnostics like functioning of GeneXpert (94% dependent on Global Fund) and 2nd line TB drugs (66% dependent on Global Fund support). With figures such as these, in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets of ending TB and HIV as public health threats by 2030, we need not only to sustain but also scale up our responses in the coming More…

The Third Consultation on Global Fund 2017-2021 Strategy took place in Istanbul, TBEC was there!

The Third Consultation on Global Fund 2017-2021 Strategy took place in Istanbul, TBEC was there!

July 21-22, 2015 in Istanbul (Turkey) held a technical consultation on the transition to domestic funding of HIV and TB responses and their programmatic sustainability in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). The meeting was initiated and carried out by EHRN and with the support of Global Fund. The consultation was attended by representatives of governmental, non-governmental national and network organizations from EECA (ECU PLWH, TB Europe Coalition, ENPUD), as well as members of several delegations on the board of the Global Fund, UN system organizations and donor agencies. The main purpose of the consultation was to discuss the realistic planning structure to ensure the programmatic sustainability of EECA countries that making the transition to the domestic funding instead of funding from the Global Fund, as well as the preparation of draft of Framework for Sustainability and Transition. Key issues included the principles, sources of technical support, algorithms and mechanisms that will help to ensure a successful transition to national funding sources. The objectives of consultative meeting were to review the experience of other countries in transition, to define key elements and timelines to be included in a Framework for Sustainability. It will further serve as guidance for all stakeholders More…

Key positions of civil society and communities from the EECA region on the new Global Fund Strategy 2017–2021

Key positions of civil society and communities from the EECA region on the new Global Fund Strategy 2017–2021

On 12-13 July 2014, civil society and communities’ representatives met in Chisinau, Moldova for the Consultation meeting in order to develop key positions and suggestions that should be reflected in the Global Fund’s strategy for 2017-2021. The consultation was organized by the Communities Delegation on the Board of The Global Fund in co-operation with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network. Civil society and community participants were representing wide regional networks, such as EHRN, ECUO, ECOM, ENPUD, EWNA, SWAN, TBEC, ITPCru, Delegations on the Board of the Global Fund, such as the Communities Delegation, the Developed and Developing Country NGO Delegations and the EECA Delegation. The delegates concluded their key messages and topics relating to the context of the fighting against TB and HIV in Easter Europe and Central Asia. The summary document: “Key themes and positions on the Global Fund Strategy 2017–2021 as stated by civil society representatives from Eastern Europe and Central Asia” covers the following themes: Transition to domestic funding and Global Fund investment in middle-income countries Continuum of HIV and TB services for key affected populations Treatment for TB, HIV, conditions caused by long-term ART, co-infections and access to medications Human rights, gender equality and vulnerable groups Community More…

Contribute to the development of the Global Fund 2017-2021 Strategy - Our Region Needs Your Voice!

Contribute to the development of the Global Fund 2017-2021 Strategy – Our Region Needs Your Voice!

In order to be best prepared for future challenges and opportunities of a rapidly shifting landscape in global health and development, the Global Fund has started the process of developing its new 2017-2021 Strategy. This new Strategy is expected to be adopted by the Board of the Global Fund in spring 2016. As the development is underway, the Global Fund is requesting that all stakeholders participate in the Global Fund e-Forum. The e-Forum is a borderless, and open to all, multilingual online consultation running from April 20 to June 30, 2015, that will help shape the new strategy of the Global Fund. The e-Forum is an integral part of this extensive consultation process, uniquely positioned to engage all sectors of society in an inclusive and participatory way to collectively shape the future work of the Global Fund.This year’s e-Forum starts on 20 April and runs over a 10-week period to end on June 30. It is moderated simultaneously in four languages, English, French, Russian and Spanish. All stakeholders are invited to discuss nine high-level strategic thematic areas of the Global Fund. The e-Forum 2015 is your opportunity to help shape the strategy and ensure the Global Fund’s increasing impact for More…

TB Europe Coalition meets and trains TB civil society and communities in Tajikistan

TB Europe Coalition meets and trains TB civil society and communities in Tajikistan

From 15 to 19 April 2015, members of the TBEC Steering Committee visited Tajikistan in order to meet with key stakeholders working on Tuberculosis (TB) and build the advocacy capacity of civil society and communities. This was the first TBEC visit in Central Asia and was facilitated by the recently created STOP TB Partnership Tajikistan and the organization hosting its secretariat, Young Generation for Tajikistan. Tajikistan is one of the 15 high-burden countries for Multi-Drug Resistant TB in the WHO European region. Since 2000, TB incidence has decreased from 250 to 100 cases per 100 thousands inhabitants. While general TB rates are improving, widespread poverty combined with mountainous terrain continue to limit access to health and TB services. In 2014, a total of 5313 new TB cases were reported. The country is currently drawing up its third national TB programme. The programme, however, remains heavily dependent on external financing, with close to 70% of NTP resources being provided by international donors, mainly the Global Fund and USAID. Other challenges for TB care relate to high rates of MDR- and XDR-TB, increasing incidence of TB among Tajik labour migrants, and difficult access to TB treatment in prisons. After three days of More…

Global Fund Shares E-learning Opportunities to Improve Access to the Funding Process

Global Fund Shares E-learning Opportunities to Improve Access to the Funding Process

  The Global Fund has now completed its e-learning library related to the access to funding process.  Courses are available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.   100% of survey respondents indicating they would recommend courses to a colleague.   This library includes courses on the following topics:   Eligibility requirements for CCMs Engage! Achieving inclusive country dialogue Program split Counterpart financing Programmatic gap table Standard concept note development process Full expression of demand Implementation arrangement mapping Understanding the modular approach How to complete the modular template Regional applications – UPDATED Grant-making Technical Cooperation Concept note review processes Performance framework Courses can be viewed on-line or off-line and are available on the Global Fund website: http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/fundingmodel/support/elearning/     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  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…

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