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‘WOLFHEZE’: What is it? What happened?

‘WOLFHEZE’: What is it? What happened?

Once every two years in May, many leading lights of TB care in the WHO Europe Region talk of going off to ‘Wolfheze’. Well, if you explore a detailed map of the Netherlands, you will find that Wolfheze itself is a tiny village in the woods on the Eastern side of the country. It is where the very first of a continuing series of meetings took place about 25 years ago. The name has stuck but the meetings since have mostly taken place in or near The Hague; this year in Scheveningen, the city’s seaside resort and suburb. The organisers are a triumvirate of KNCV, ECDC, and WHO Europe plus, on the planning committees, representatives of other parties including TBEC. The hard core of the 200 or so participants are NTP Managers but with many other interested partners. Following pressure in past years, it is now accepted that there have to be plenty of civil society people there, not just present but being among the many speakers, session co-ordinators, and reporters. In practice because of its small size, it is a relatively informal gathering of people from both low and high burden countries of the Region, and a great opportunity More…

Tuberculosis Advocates Participate in TBEC Advocacy Workshop

Tuberculosis Advocates Participate in TBEC Advocacy Workshop

On the 25 – 26 May 2015, the TB Europe Coalition organised a two-day Regional Advocacy training on TB control for civil society organisation (CSO) representatives and former TB patients. The training was held prior to the Wolfheze conference in the Hague, Netherlands.  Participants were CSO representatives as well as former TB patients involved in TB advocacy at the regional and national level in the WHO European Region. They were from six countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) and another former TB patient from the Netherlands. The training aimed to provide participants with improved knowledge on core TB advocacy skills and public speaking as well as sharing best practices and building contacts and relationships with other TB advocates from the region.  These skills were then immediately put into practice at the Wolfheze Conference. Four participants delivered presentations later that week during the Wolfheze conference. Three of them were former TB-patients.   Wolfheze conference 27-29 May 2015 The Wolfheze conference began in 1990 in the Netherlands in the village of Wolfheze near Arnhem. Since 1990 it has been organised every two years by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in collaboration with WHO Europe and ECDC.  The conference focuses on management and More…

Civil Society: an important voice at Wolfheze Conference

Civil Society: an important voice at Wolfheze Conference

In our post yesterday we noted that, in comparison to previous years, this year’s Wolfheze Conference had a far greater number of civil society organisations participating. It was on this basis, and as a result of civil society organisations really be central in the fight against TB, that the TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) were asked to co-host and coordinate a session dedicated to the ‘Role of Civil Society in TB Control’. This session proved highly engaging with a wide-range of presentations from civil society organisations across the WHO European Region. Paul Sommerfeld, TB Alert, discussed not only the importance of CSOs but also obstacles that many face in carrying out their work. Carrying on with yesterdays theme, he spoke about the significance of TB partnerships and networks, such as TBEC, EHRN and the newly formed RICC-TB, and how valuable these can be in ensuring we speak in a collective and powerful voice.   Along with the introductory speech by Paul Sommerfeld, there were a range of other speakers from across the region. These included: Masha Tvaradze, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (Lithuania); Darko Iliev, Medical and Ecological Research Centre of (Macedonia); Zahedul Islam, International HIV/AIDS Alliance (Ukraine); Denis Denisenko,Rinat Akhmetov Foundation More…

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