Civil society organizations and tuberculosis (TB) stakeholders identify common ground to implement people-centred models of care
On 7–8 March in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Tuberculosis Regional Eastern European and Central Asian Project (TB-REP) held a civil society involvement and update dialogue. TB-REP members representing civil society organizations (CSOs) identified a path forward and next steps for further improving collaboration and coordination with other project partners and beyond.
CSO representatives presented their TB-REP national advocacy strategies, including the challenges they have encountered or expect to encounter and how they could be overcome. They also familiarized themselves with the guiding principles of the structure and content of a more people-centred model of TB care, and discussed how to benefit from the activities of non-TB-REP partners.
TB-REP aims to address some of the significant challenges facing TB and drug-resistant TB care in 11 TB high-priority countries of the WHO European Region, with the ultimate objective of decreasing the burden of TB and halting the spread of drug resistance in the project countries.
To achieve these objectives, TB-REP is engaged in increasing political commitment and translating evidence into implementation of country-adapted, people-centred models of TB care. The participation of CSOs is an integral part of this approach; CSOs are instrumental not only in generating political commitment and supporting high-level advocacy, but also in ensuring that the voices of the most vulnerable, including patients and ex-patients, are heard.
WHO/Europe organized the meeting in collaboration with official project partners, including the Alliance for Public Health Ukraine, the Centre for Health Policies and Studies of the Republic of Moldova, the Stop TB Partnership and the TB Europe Coalition.