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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…

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…

European Commission announces €370 million of new support to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

European Commission announces €370 million of new support to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

On 2 December, the European Commission (EC) announced that the European Union (EU) institutions will support the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria with €370 million (over US $500 million) for the period 2014-2016. The pledge was announced by European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, just one day after World AIDS Day at the Global Fund fourth replenishment conference in Washington. While the pledge represents a 12% increase from the previous period (€330 million for 2011-2013), it falls short of the €450 million target set by civil society to reach a full replenishment of the Global Fund. “We welcome this important pledge from the European Commission but we would have expected a more ambitious commitment to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria from the second biggest development donor in the world” said Patrick Bertrand, Executive Director of Global Health Advocates and member of the TB Europe Coalition. The Global Fund is the single largest and most important international donor for TB, providing almost 90 percent of all international financing for TB programmes. Since its inception, Global Fund supported programmes have diagnosed and treated 9.7 million individuals with TB. The Global Fund is also the main funder for TB 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…

Event: Bridging the Global Health Funding Gap in the post 2015 context

Event: Bridging the Global Health Funding Gap in the post 2015 context

  On June 18th, two European Parliament Working Groups on Innovation, Access to Medicines and Poverty-Related Diseases and on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Development together with several NGOs[1] brought together members of the European Parliament (MEPs), African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) MPs and civil society organisations for a side event to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Brussels. The debate was an opportunity to discuss ACP-EU shared responsibility in improving the right to health in the post-2015 context. The roundtable was opened by Andrew Cassels, Director of Strategy at the office of WHO Director-General who gave an overview of the progresses made to date regarding the achievements of the current MDG framework and the challenges lying ahead in the current context.Françoise Castex, French MEP, member of the JPA, reminded the audience of the unacceptable obstacles and financial difficulties poor people were facing when it comes to access to quality healthcare. Mr Cassels emphasised that Universal Health Coverage was both cost-effective and a desirable end in itself to improve universal access to healthcare.  Mr. Charles Kakoma, Member of the Zambian Parliament, rapporteur on human resources for health within the Social Affairs Committee of the JPA underlined the issue of human More…

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