Intercountry high-level meeting on health systems strengthening for enhanced tuberculosis prevention (TB) and care: Regional Eastern European and Central Asian Project (TB-REP)
26–28 April 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark
This meeting is jointly organized by WHO/Europe and the Global Fund to Fight TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria, and involves other project partners and supporters such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
On the first day of the meeting, high-level decision-makers from 11 TB-REP countries will receive information about the project and the strategic benefits for countries, as well as an understanding of the vital importance of high-level political commitment. The second and third days will address technical aspects of the project, including health financing, TB prevention and care service delivery, and human resources development.
The meeting has several objectives.
- Increase high-level political commitment in order to halt TB, through strengthened regional and intercountry cooperation and evidence sharing for effective and sustainable transformation of health systems.
- Familiarize participants with the structure and content of TB-REP, stressing the potential country benefits stemming from its successful and sustainable implementation.
- Transfer knowledge and skills on how roadmaps for TB-REP can be developed at the country level.
- Discuss and finalize the baseline TB-REP country profiles, providing a basis for developing the country roadmaps, and reform development and implementation.
- Provide participants with examples of good practice in models of care, TB relevant health financing and human resources development.
TB-REP is officially called "TB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Project on Strengthening Health Systems for Effective TB and Drug Resistant-TB Care". The 11 TB-REP countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Organizations participating in TB-REP include the Moldovan nongovernmental organization Center for Health Policies and Studies, the European Respiratory Society, the Stop TB Partnership and the TB Europe Coalition.