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The TB Europe Coalition meets TB actors in Georgia

The TB Europe Coalition meets TB actors in Georgia

 Between 3 and 7 November 2014, a delegation of the Tuberculosis Europe Coalition* (TBEC) visited Tbilisi, Georgia. TBEC representatives held discussions with key stakeholders and organised a two-day workshop to support ongoing efforts of civil society organisations working in the field of TB, which recently formed a national TB Coalition. TBEC’s visit and the creation of a national TB coalition was extremely timely considering the number of ongoing activities and opportunities for TB care and control in the country. Among these, the drafting and presentation of a National TB Strategy and the Global Fund’s concept note for TB and HIV, which are due in 2015, will have a prominent role. While working on these key documents, TB actors in Georgia will have to thoroughly reflect on the long-term sustainability of their TB programme and prepare for the major changes expected in the coming years. In fact, as in many other countries in Eastern European and Central Asian, Georgia is facing a reduction of international donors’ support to health, which risks to greatly affect the TB programme unless proper transition to domestic financing is put in place. Major concerns come from the phasing out of Global Fund, the main donor in the More…

Take That TB!

Take That TB!

A group from around Europe and Australia have established a website that seeks to build a meeting area ‘From Patients For Patients’. The group of former patients created the site, Take That TB, with the intention of making it easier for greater exchange of difficulties and successes between patients and for improved discussion about their experiences with TB. The site also serves as a chatroom for those in isolation. In the fight against TB it is so important for former patients and current patients alike to share their stories and experiences. As is stated on the website: ‘TB does not only have a weak face or a poor face, TB has many faces and many languages and can be found everywhere in the world. We want to show that cured TB can help people become strong.’  While taking action in order to push for better diagnostics and treatment is undoubtedly crucial and necessary, it is equally important that those who are suffering find the support networks needed to help combat not only their TB but also TB throughout the world. By offering this support, the site will also help raise awareness and remove the stigma surrounding TB in a range of communities More…

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