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What does TBPeople Ukraine do?

What does TBPeople Ukraine do?

TBEC Board Member, Olya Klymenko is, in addition to many other commitments, Chair of the Board for TB People Ukraine. Today, she will share a little information about TB People Ukraine’s history and development, as well as their current projects. When I became ill in in 2015, I decided to help other people with TB. Over time, I gathered together a group of civil society activists, all of whom had also had TB at one point. They started to support patients on a volunteer basis. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, there were changes in legislation and the transition to a patient-centred treatment model began. We saw that there was a real chance to make genuine change at state level and speak for patients by using successful tools and practices so we started to learn more about what we could do. We joined TB People and in May 2018, by unanimous vote we took the decision to register as the organisation TB People Ukraine. This not only gave us the chance to develop the global TB People network, but also to create national movements. Having registered as an official organisation, we became the first regional branch in the history of TB People. Since 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…

TB Europe Coalition meets with Ukrainian civil society

TB Europe Coalition meets with Ukrainian civil society

Following the end of the TB Europe Network meeting in Kyiv, members of the TB Europe Coalition seized the opportunity of being in Ukraine to meet with local TB civil society organisations (CSOs) and relevant stakeholders in the country. This was the second visit of the TB Europe Coalition to Ukraine, following the first one in November 2010. On 25 April 2014, a group of TB Europe Coalition members met with the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine. The discussion focused on the work of the European Union (EU) to support the fight against TB in the country and, more in general, the assistance offered by the Delegation to local CSOs. The representative of the EU Delegation explained that most of the money that the EU invests in TB in Ukraine is channeled through the EU contribution to the Global Fund and general budget support to the Ukrainian government. In spite of this, there may be opportunities for local non-governmental organisations engaged in the fight against TB to access resources, especially in the field of human rights and vulnerable groups, which remain priorities in the EU-Ukraine relations. In this sense, it was underlined that TB CSOs ill increasingly coordinate More…

TB civil society demand zero TB deaths, new infections, suffering and stigma!

TB civil society demand zero TB deaths, new infections, suffering and stigma!

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease started off with a bang today in Paris as civil society actors stormed the stage demanding faster progress towards eliminating TB and a target of zero TB deaths. The group of advocates brought so much needed energy and, importantly, some much needed urgency to the room as they called for greater ambition in the work done in attempting to eliminate tuberculosis. TB Europe Coalition members were at the forefront of the mobilisation, with representatives from Moldova, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, France, Belgium, the UK and the Ukraine all taking to the stage to make their voices heard and make their national representatives take note. After advocates from across Europe, Central Asia and from most corners of the world had stormed the stage, Colleen Daniels from Treatment Action Group made an impassioned speech challenging those in the room to aim higher in the fight against TB. More ambition, like that is seen in the HIV community, is critical in order to get to: zero TB deaths, zero new TB infections, zero suffering and stigma. The mobilisation ended with the audience taking to their feet and applauding to the calls for zero TB deaths. 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…

Tackling TB in Ukraine's Prisons

Tackling TB in Ukraine’s Prisons

Medicins Sans Frontiers have recently published an article highlighting the plight of many prisoners in Eastern Europe as a result of the escalation of TB in countries, and in particular within prisons. MSF identifies Ukraine as a country where “prisons are a hotbed for the disease, with prevalence rates more than ten times higher than in the rest of society”. In one region, MSF are currently providing treatment and support to over 140 inmates and ex-inmates who all suffer from multi-drug resistant TB. Effective treatment and support is, of course, vital for anyone living with TB, but it is of great importance to remind ourselves that there exist many people living with TB who can easily be forgotten. Equally, as MSF state, “many prisoners come from difficult socio-economic backgrounds” and “some face a history of drug abuse and alcoholism”. For these people it is vital that they get the necessary support in order to help them last the course of treatment and defeat TB for good. As Yulduz Seitniyazova, MSF Head of Mission in Ukraine, explains: He [sic] needs to know what treatment involves from the very start, and if things get tough we try and motivate him to continue More…

'Here I Am' campaign illustrates successful impact of the Global Fund in fighting HIV, TB and Malaria

‘Here I Am’ campaign illustrates successful impact of the Global Fund in fighting HIV, TB and Malaria

The ‘Here I Am’ campaign, a global call on world leaders to save millions of lives by supporting a fully funded Global Fund, has been releasing a number of engaging video testimonials to highlight the positive impact that the Global Fund has had in fighting AIDS, TB and Malaria. The videos account first hand the struggles people have gone through when faced with either of these three diseases but also, importantly, the fact that many of them now have the help and hope they need to overcome them and enable them to live healthy and happy lives.  By featuring the stories from all over the world of those directly affected and the turnaround in their fortunes thanks to the Global Fund support, and combining these with campaign ambassadors, online actions, and on-the-ground mobilisations, the campaign is aiming to, build the collective power to end three of the world’s most deadly diseases. One of these powerful testimonies comes from Yevhen Selin from Ukraine. Yevhen tells of his experiences as a teenager with injecting drugs and addiction and how this led to both periods in jail as a young man. Having served half a sentence, Yevhen left prison determined to give up More…

Voices in the fight against the European epidemic

The TB Europe Coalition and the ACTION Project are giving TB a ‘human face’ in their report ‘Tuberculosis – Voices in the fight against the European epidemic’ by looking behind the statistics to focus on the every-day challenges faced by TB patients and their carers in the WHO Europen Region. TB is a global epidemic, causing devastating loss of life and hampering economic productivity. It is also a European problem, where TB rates have been on the rise over the past few decades. This report seeks to reenergise the fight against TB by telling the human side of the disease; giving a voice to the individuals and communities who have long been represented in numbers and figures. In these pages, patients, doctors, advocates and healthcare workers from seven European countries – Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, UK and Ukraine – tell of their experiences. “TB takes people out of the workforce and puts them into a state of poverty. They are not just faceless statistics, they are mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and they are suffering.” – Jonathan Stillo, medical anthropologist, Romania Those interviewed address the need to sustain political will and financial investment as well as emphasizing how More…

Roundtable on 13th April in the European Parliament: Drug-resistant TB and TB-HIV co-infection on the EU’s Doorstep

European Parliament Working Group on Innovation, Access to Medicines and Poverty-Related Diseases Putting Patients’ Needs First: Supporting better innovation, access to medicines and healthcare to combat poverty related diseases SAVE THE DATE! Drug-resistant TB and TB-HIV co-infection on the EU’s Doorstep: The example of Ukraine What can the EU do to curb the threat? Roundtable hosted by MEP Parvanova (tbc) and MEP Kozlowski European Parliament, Brussels Room JAN 6Q1 13 April 2011, 12.30 – 14.00 Multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) is on rise, threatening global health and is receiving inadequate or inappropriate responses from the global community. MDR-TB occurs when health programmes fail to deliver regular and reliable treatment to TB patients. Treatment of drug-resistant TB can take up to two years and costs 100 more than first-line TB treatment. Of the 440,000 estimated MDR-TB patients in the world, 81,000 cases are estimated to be in WHO European Region, equally 20 per cent of the global burden. The collapse of the Soviet Union left the population in the newly independent states in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation with uneven access to health care. According to a recent WHO report, TB patients in parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are More…

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