The Global Fund Advocates Network Speakers Bureau welcomes our three new tuberculosis-focused Global Fund champions who will be sharing their stories over the next few years with decision-makers around the world to advocate for Global Fund resource mobilization. The GFAN Speakers Bureau is relaunching in the coming weeks with 5 new and 5 returning champions.
With the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on TB scheduled for 2018, TB will be a key issue on policy agendas and we expect our speakers to be active in promoting the Global Fund’s importance in the fight to end this epidemic and to bring the voices of those affected to the highest levels.
Timur Abdullaev is from Uzbekistan and works as a human rights lawyer and public health consultant. Both the machine that was used to test him for TB and his TB medication were provided by a Global Fund grant. Not long after his diagnosis, he moved into TB activism. “We are the lucky su...
More than 60 advocates representing civil society and affected communities working in TB from 32 countries met in Bangkok on July 29th and 30th to take stock of the current TB advocacy landscape, identify opportunities for mobilization, agree on some of the key priorities for the coming year, and develop joint roadmaps and strategies in the lead-up to the Global Ministerial Meeting in Moscow in November and The UN High Level Meeting on TB next year.
Over the course of the two days, the group agreed on a set of 6 advocacy asks that will help guide their work and the thematic priorities that they hope to ensure are prevalent throughout the Global Ministerial Meeting and HLM processes. The asks identified centred around the themes of Universal Health Care (specifically access to and availability of treatment and care), Research and Development, Systems for Health, Accountability, Financing, and Key Po...
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Civil Society Statement on the Zero Draft of the Declaration proposed for the Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB
GFAN has coordinated the writing of a Civil Society response to the Zero Draft for the Declaration proposed for the Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Moscow ahead of the UN High Level Meeting on TB in 2018. The WHO is currently accepting edits to the Zero Draft via an online consultation. The final edited statement below was created with the input of GFAN members, partners, and affected communities.
The Global Fund provides substantial resources for malaria and TB surveys, and supports OR/IR if such support is requested and the application is well justified. We observed considerable variations from one country to another and between programmes with regards to need, demand, absorption capacity and funding for OR/IR related to malaria and TB. Important determinants for the extent of such funding are the involvement of national research coordination bodies, established research agendas and priorities, human and technical research capacity, and involvement of relevant stakeholders in concept note development. Efforts to disseminate OR/IR findings were generally weak, and the Global Fund does not maintain a central OR/IR database. When faced with a need...
There is a need for sustainable transition to domestic funding, ensuring that TB and HIV programmes will be effectively continued, and more importantly scaled up, after the withdrawal of international donors, with national governments taking the responsibility and ownership of the response. Transition is a complex process and demands significant structural adjustments, effective planning, implementation and monitoring. All this requires long-term planning, as well as additional and more effective use of resources
This is why TBEC is publishing a comprehensive position paper that outlines the main challenges that needs to be taken into account when countries are transitioning, with concrete examples about what happens when countries are not able or not ready to take over from external donor support, causing negative impacts on the TB response.
Implementation of the Charter to protect patients’ rights is an important criterion to achieve patient-centered approach and receive financial support from the Global Fund. Our study aims to explore the knowledge of tuberculosis (TB) patients about their rights and responsibilities at the Chest Disease Unit of the Bahawal Victoria Hospital, Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
Discriminatory access to TB care services and the right to privacy were two major concerns identified in this study. However, the respondents recognized their responsibilities as a TB patient. To ensure uninterrupted investment from the Global Fund, there is a need to implement fair TB care policies which support human rights-based approach.