Evaline Kibuchi the Coordinator Stop TB Partnership Kenya on her visit to Ottawa, Canada to speak to Members of Parliament about the importance of Canada’s participation in the TBHLM.
Globally, tuberculosis (TB) claims more lives than Malaria and HIV combined. In 2016 alone, the infectious disease claimed about 1.7 million lives globally. The TB target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to end the disease by 2030. This calls for innovations and accelerated advocacy to ensure adequate resources towards TB interventions that will realize this goal.
The year 2018 provides a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for High Level advocacy around the disease. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) allocated a special forum for the heads of states to deliberate on TB and make commitments which, if well implemented, will lead to ending TB by 2030. The session is expected to bring toget...
This document has been produced by ICCS/GFAN with the Affected Communities and Civil Society Advisory Panel to the High Level Meeting (HLM) on TB to summarize needs and priorities in addressing TB identified by civil society (CS) organizations involved in implementing TB programming and advocating for the rights of people living with and affected by TB and marginalized and underserved populations in the TB response. The information for this summary report was gathered through three online surveys, a moderated discussion forum, and regional in-person consultations. This represents a third version up to date as of April 25th 2018 – and will be periodically updated between now and the HLM in September. The online surveys opened on February 20 and closed April 23, 2018, and considered the following topics: 1) Target Setting (Financial Targets; R&D; Case Detection; TB/HIV Treatment); 2) Community Rights and Gender and Human Rights; and 3) Accountability. An online discu...
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created to greatly expand access to basic services to address the three diseases in its name. From its beginnings, its governance embodied some human rights principles: civil society is represented on its board, and the country coordination mechanisms that oversee funding requests to the Global Fund include representatives of people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund’s core strategies recognize that the health services it supports would not be effective or cost-effective without efforts to reduce human rights-related barriers to access and utilization of health services, particularly those faced by socially marginalized and criminalized persons. Basic human rights elements were written into Global Fund grant agreements, and various technical support measures encouraged the inclusion in funding requests of programs to reduce human rights-related barrier...
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Sign on to civil society statement on the UN HLM on TB to the Head of the WHO
UPDATE: Dr. Tedros received a hard copy of the statement with 86 signatories on 17 November. He agreed with civil society’s four points and discussed in relation to the statement:
Having a civil society/community member open the conference
Having targets be numbers, not percentages that can be manipulated
Having targets at country level – including on R&D
The need for an independent accountability mechanism that isn’t solely WHO
Report of the Informal Consultation Meeting of Civil Society Participants of the WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO 16 & 17 November 2017: Moscow
Download the complete statement with signatories.
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Each year, advocates, affected community members, researchers, scientists, academics, private sector companies, and government representatives gather for the biggest tuberculosis-related conference in the world – The Union World Conference on Lung Health , which this year took place from October 11-14 in Guadalajara, Mexico. It is a time for those working in tuberculosis (TB) from across the globe to present their newest findings, discuss the political challenges in fighting this disease, and work together to find ways forward.
This year’s Union Conference had an unprecedented tone – a combination of optimism, anticipation and a sense of urgency. The TB community is looking forward to two immensely important and influential high-level meetings that are expected to take place before the next Union Conference convenes in The Hague in 2018: first up is the Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB hosted by the WHO and taking place in November of this year in Moscow, ...