APCASO has joined a recently constituted WHO global civil society platform that aims to engage in the implementation of the End TB Strategy and the recommendations from the Addis Ababa Statement of Action on TB.
The WHO Civil Society Task Force on TB (CSTF) seeks to broaden the participation and engagement of communities, NGOs, and other CSOs in the global strategy and in country-level TB programmes, especially in the areas of key populations and their inclusion in country TB strategies, plans and programmes, including in national and regional political platforms. The Task Force also aims to focus on social protection and universal health coverage, among others.
CSTF was convened on June 13-16, 2016 in Geneva, alongside the 16th Meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (STAG-TB). The creation of the Task Force is viewed as a strategic step to engage the 23-member STAG-TB, which for civil society advocates marks an important shift from a largely biomedical approach in eradicating TB to one that incorporates communities, human rights, and social inclusion.
The members of CSTF include the following: Nigeria Network of NGOs, Global Coalition of TB Activists, ACTION, CUAMM, Congress of South African Trade Unions, Talaku Community Organisation, Myanmar Medical Association, Latin American Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, TB Alert, STOP TB Partnership, and Project Hope.
APCASO is represented by its programme officer, James Malar, in the WHO Civil Society Task Force on TB.