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Publisher:  Health and Human Rights Journal

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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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, ...

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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 survivors. Still every year the bacteria...

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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 Populations, Human Rights, and Gender.This entry was posted in Blog and tagged on by .

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. 


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