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.
The report “After Aid: What is next for Tuberculosis and HIV in Europe?” explores the consequences of donor withdrawal from Eastern Europe and Central Asia on the HIV and TB epidemics. External donors such as the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and USAID have played a crucial role in ensuring access to TB and HIV services in the region. These programmes have primarily targeted vulnerable groups who are often overlooked by their governments. Shifting policies are leading international donors to withdraw support from middle income countries refocusing aid on low-income countries.
This shift in donor resources is likely to deal a catastrophic blow to HIV and TB patients in the region as donor withdrawal is unlikely to be matched by increased domestic investments in the immediate future, leavin...
Publishers: TB Europe Coalition , RESULTS UK and Global Health Advocates France
Progress in involving civil society in national TB programmes across the European region is falling short. As 2015 is quickly approaching, the report finds that only one of the eight indicators related to the community aspects of the Consolidated Action Plan to Prevent and Combat M/XDR-TB 2011-2015 (MAP) has been met.
Endorsed by the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region three years ago, the MAP aimed to contain the spread of M/XDR-TB by achieving universal access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment in all Member States by 2015. The MAP has been providing clear recommendations to countries on improving the involvement of civil society in TB programmes. ‘Falling Short: A Civil Society Perspective of the Response to Multi & Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) in the European Region’ assesses the...