Author: Secretariat

Launch of the Right to Breathe: Human Rights Training for People with and Affected by Tuberculosis

With the implementation of the Political Declaration to End TB, community and civil society mobilization on the ground are essential for safeguarding and holding governments accountable to the rights of people and communities affected by TB.  However, awareness and understanding of human rights principles remain relatively low amongst people living with and affected by TB in much part of Asia-Pacific. Efforts towards integrating and operationalizing human rights principles in national TB responses are further challenged by restrictive political environments in most parts of the region. The Activists Coalition on TB – Asia Pacific (ACT! AP), coordinated by APCASO and...

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The 2020-22 Funding Request Tracker is online

Recipients of Global Fund grants are announcing which submission window they are targeting to submit their Funding Request. The Global Fund will share every month any relevant update on the status of the Funding Request. You can find the first of these updates here, and you can follow all updates as they happen by going to the Funding Request Submission & Status Page on the Global Fund website. Keeping track of the status and timeline of the Funding Request submission in your country is essential to make sure you do not miss a window of opportunity to bring the voice of communities and key populations to the...

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APCASO and ACT! AP at the 50th UNION Conference on Lung Health: Towards a more inclusive space for TB activists

The 50th UNION Conference has rounded up in Hyderabad, India. Being a major global conference on tuberculosis, the UNION brought together researchers, policy makers, programmers, and activists from around the globe. They met to talk about ending TB and other and lung diseases, share insights, and meet the ambitious targets to eliminate TB by 2030. Though the Conference has been dominated by the medical professions in the past, it has progressively opened up to more diverse groups and constituencies. This year, the conference saw a relatively higher participation of activists and representatives from the most affected by TB, and...

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High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage – A Promise of Universal Access to Health for All?

As the dusk settled in New York after the United Nations General Assembly took place in late September, the world enters in its final decade before the Sustainable Development Goals is expected to be realized. Among these goals is SDG 3, particularly 3.8 that commits to: “Achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.” As such, the UN High Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC was held along with other equally important High-Level Meeting that week, with the Climate Action Summit and the High-Level Forum on Financing for Development taking place that same week. Admittedly, the framing of the Political Declaration revolves around the SDG target, but also intends to provide a comprehensive answer to health-related issues, and hence to put an end to the procession of health-related HLMs. Since the UN General Assembly Special Session on AIDS in 2001, Member States and other actors realized the power in leveraging a High-Level political process to demand political leadership, to call for increased international cooperation and funding, and to mobilize communities to ensure that there is accountability in these processes. While the AIDS epidemic continues to be a highly relevant agenda until today (essentially given the increasing and resurging epidemics in some countries, especially in Asia and the Pacific), countries...

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