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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 kashnitsky@tbcoalition.eu.

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…

Civil Society Capacity Building for DR-TB Regional Meeting

Civil Society Capacity Building for DR-TB Regional Meeting

When new, effective medicines providing safe treatment for widespread debilitating diseases, it is vitally important to ensure that everyone who needs such medicines has access to them. It was with this aim therefore that TBEC held a regional meeting on civil society capacity building for DR-TB. Existing TB treatments are incredibly gruelling for the patient, but medical innovations (shorter or safer treatments, new medicines, or more exact methods of diagnosis) can genuinely relieve a patient’s suffering. But what use are such innovations if patients aren’t able to access them? What use are new medicines if there’s no way for hospitals to buy them or any way to prescribe that they are needed? Any measurement of the success of innovative treatments has to be countered by an assessment of their accessibility. When everyone has access to new treatments, we can start to talk about how successful they are. Guidelines on DR-TB Treatment The recent WHO recommendations on drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) are the first in a long time that provide a genuine possibility to start to improve the treatment of DR-TB by using innovative and more effective medicines with less debilitating side effects. It is therefore vital that we do not waste time; More…

Kyrgyzstan Conducts "Gender and Legal Assessment in TB"

Kyrgyzstan Conducts “Gender and Legal Assessment in TB”

Kyrgyzstan is conducting “Gender and Legal Assessment in TB” with the support of Stop TB Partnership and the participation of international experts Nonna Turusbekova and Samanta Sokolowski. This kind of TB assessment is carried out for the first time. On the 2nd of December 2015, a round-table was held in Bishkek on the topic “Gender-based and Legal Assessment in Tuberculosis”. The Kyrgyz TB Coalition organized the event, which was attended by representatives of ministries, government services, and international and local civil society organizations. “Gender assessment consists of a series of steps aimed at assessing how differentiated the approach of TB programs is towards men, women, boys and girls, whereas legal assessment addresses issues of rights of Kyrgyz citizens, in general, and of key TB affected populations, in particular”, – explain international experts. As a result of discussions held on the 26th of January 2016, recommendations were made to amend the Law on Protection of Population from TB, currently under review by the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic. One of the suggested amendments is to ‘provide for interaction with civil society in the field of gender and other rights of persons affected by tuberculosis’. These recommendations, together with a letter of 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…

Access to health care critical for internally displaced Roma in Ukraine

Access to health care critical for internally displaced Roma in Ukraine

Europe is home for 12 to 15 million members of the Roma minority whose living experience exposes them to marginalization, which is manifest in health status: Roma exhibit some of the worst morbidity and mortality indicators in the Europe region. The World Bank, the UNDP, and the Council of Europe report that TB is more prevalent in Roma communities and that the Roma are more vulnerable to TB. An earlier report ‘Confronting a Hidden Disease: TB in Roma Communities’ described governmental and NGO activities to address TB in Roma communities and recommended areas for program expansion. In March 2015, a hearing took place in Brussels at the European Economic and Social Committee “European funds for Roma health integration”, attended by more than 40 participants: experts in health issues, NGOs, representatives of the European Commission, Council of Europe, Fundamental Rights Agency, national contact points. It was organized by AMALIPE Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance (Bulgaria), Roma Center for Public Health Policies SASTIPEN (Romania) and European Roma Information Office (Brussels, Belgium) with the support of Roma Health Project, Open Society Foundations. The Member of European Parliament of Roma origin Damian Draghichi spoke on the connection between health with education, housing and employment. 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…

Over 45 Civil Society Organisations Urge the Commissioner for Health to Plan Coordinated Response to Tackle Tuberculosis in Europe

Over 45 Civil Society Organisations Urge the Commissioner for Health to Plan Coordinated Response to Tackle Tuberculosis in Europe

More than 45 civil society organisations co-submitted a letter to the new Commissioner for Health and Food Safety to use his role to champion the need for an improved response to the multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) epidemic in the Europe region. The initiaitve for this letter was spear headed by the TB Europe Coalition. The letter brought to attention key conditions in the region that demonstrate the region’s failing in its duty to diagnose and treat TB. These key conditions include:   Fifteen of the twenty-seven high MDR-TB burden countries in the world are situated in the region. The WHO Europe Region has the unwelcome accolade of having the highest percentage of new TB cases with MDR-TB. Out of the fifteen high MDR-TB burden countries in the region, four are within the border of the European Union, including Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Bulgaria. Most importantly, TB is an airborne disease. In an increasingly globalised world and in an EU without internal boundaries, epidemics can easily spread from one country to another.   Ultimately, the letter urges the Commissioner to share his plans to ensure that from the First Ministerial Meeting on TB in Riga comes a coordinated response between the More…

USAID launches new tuberculosis control program in Tajikistan

USAID launches new tuberculosis control program in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE (TCA) — The United States Ambassador to Tajikistan Susan Elliott and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday launched the USAID Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program, a new regional program to improve diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in Tajikistan, the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe said. The new program is an extension of TB control activities initiated under past USAID projects such as TB CARE I, Quality Health Care Project and the Dialogue on HIV and TB Project. While joint collaboration between USAID, the Tajik government and other partners to combat TB has resulted in stabilization of TB over the past five years, the latest Global TB Report confirms an alarming increase in rates of multi-drug resistant TB in all five Central Asian countries. This five-year USAID TB Control Program aims to reduce the burden of TB and the development of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) in Tajikistan. The program will focus on improving access to diagnosis and treatment for vulnerable groups, supporting a patient-centered system of care, and strengthening laboratories and other parts of the health system in Sughd and Khatlon provinces and the Rasht Valley, including policy development at the national level. Ambassador Elliott pointed out the More…

LAUNCH OF THE 2014 GLOBAL TUBERCULOSIS REPORT: Is Tuberculosis becoming the world’s deadliest communicable disease?

LAUNCH OF THE 2014 GLOBAL TUBERCULOSIS REPORT: Is Tuberculosis becoming the world’s deadliest communicable disease?

RUSSIAN VERSION BELOW   Brussels, 22 October 2014 – The Tuberculosis Europe Coalition is deeply concerned by the increase in TB cases and deaths disclosed today by the 2014 Global TB Report and calls on the European Union to increase its political and financial commitment to fight this disease in Europe and worldwide. The new report by the World Health Organisation reveals that 9 million people developed TB and 1.5 million people died from the disease in 2013. This number represents an extremely concerning increase compared to the 2012 estimated 1.3 million deaths and suggests that TB may outstrip HIV in the sad race to becoming the world’s deadliest communicable disease. The death toll from TB continues to be unacceptably high, especially considering that TB is curable. 2015 is just around the corner but we are still far from reaching the Millennium Development Goals targets for TB, especially in Africa and Europe. Most worryingly, multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), a man-made disease which is extremely difficult to treat and a testimony of our failure to invest in sustainable health systems, is also on the rise. Almost half a million people developed MDR-TB in 2013 and the European Region continues to bear More…

MDR-TB casts a shadow over Russia

MDR-TB casts a shadow over Russia

Tuberculosis and, in particular, drug-resistant forms of the disease have long been a burden on many countries in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation is no exception. A video recently produced by Channel 4 News in the UK highlights the growing problem that the country has with multidrug-resistant TB in the general population but also in children and in prisons. The report also raises the worrying question of what will happen to rates of MDR-TB in the country give that many international donors have now left the country, ultimately as a result of political reasons as opposed to the fact that the country has the capacity or political urge to finance TB care and control itself. We have included the report, The Rising Spectre of tuberculosis across Russia, below but you can also read Victoria Macdonald’s (Health and Social Care correspondent at Channel 4 News) blog on her trip to Russia here.

Moldovan CSOs join together to help defeat TB

Moldovan CSOs join together to help defeat TB

On 17th May 2013, seven civil society organisations in Moldova have recently come together to found the ‘National Platform of CSOs active in the field of TB control’. The group was formed in order to ensure that individual organisations working at a community level could harness their collective energy and have a significant positive impact at a national level. The platform have a number of plans for the future, the immediate of which are: the elaboration of the Platform’s Strategic Plan for 2013-2016; and appointment of the Platform’s representative within the Country Coordination Mechanism on National TB and HIV/AIDS control and prophylaxis programmes. The overall mission of the group is to defeat TB in the Republic of Moldova. They plan to do this through the consolidation of efforts of CSOs in order to increase the accountability of communities and the governmental sector, to develop services centered on TB patients and to carry out common advocacy activities. Along with their immediate plans, during the next four years the platform will concentrate on the following strategic objectives: Improving the access to diagnosis and treatment of persons with TB, especially those from vulnerable groups: homeless people, IDUs, ex-inmates and persons living below the poverty level; More…

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