On Monday, 08 July and Tuesday, 09 July 2019, TB HIV Care (in our role as secretariat to the SA TB Caucus) co-hosted a TB Advocacy Workshop with SANAC (The South African National AIDS Council) at the Double Tree Hotel in Woodstock.
The workshop (which included local, regional and international delegates) focused on capacitating and empowering civil society organisations for TB advocacy, with a special focus on engaging parliamentarians and policymakers.
The workshop covered topics such as:
• An introduction to advocacy (including the difference between activism and advocacy, advocacy strategies and advocacy opportunities – esp. in our work to end TB)
• Engaging Members of Parliament
• Building relationships with civil society organisations and working with MPs
• Human rights for TB and HIV
• Current TB advocacy issues (including the UNHLM and SDG targets, Global Fund replenishment, TB financing, TB research & development, TB treatment)
• The role of CHWs, TB survivors, activists and communities in TB advocacy
A real highlight was the learnings and experience presented by the HIV community (including the history and accomplishments of the TAC) and the very personal experiences of TB survivors (TB Proof).
A goal of the workshop was to develop a 1-year advocacy plan for the SA TB Caucus, and breakaway groups worked hard to put tangible goals in place – including the establishment of a TB CSO Advisory Committee for the SA TB Caucus and a commitment to hold a National High Level Meeting on TB before the of the year.
Many thanks to Alison Best (Communications Manager) for helping to put the workshop together and to all the delegates for making it such an exciting, challenging and meaningful two days.