TB HIV Care was well represented at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science, which took place from 21 July to 24 July 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.
The IAS Conference on HIV Science is the world’s most influential meeting on HIV research and features diverse topics, speakers and cutting-edge studies.
TB HIV Care’s Prof. Harry Hausler presented on isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) among key populations at a TB and HIV satellite session, while Dr Andrew Scheibe participated in an HIV and viral hepatitis pre-conference session – as well as sharing findings of South Africa’s harm reduction coverage and gaps in an oral presentation (see article below).
TB HIV Care also had several meetings and engagements with partners, including UNITE, GNP+ and others.
On Monday, 13 May 2019, the Stop TB Partnership, together with TB People (a global network of people affected by TB), as well as NGOs and community delegations launched the Declaration of the Rights of People Affected by TB in Geneva, Switzerland.
The launch of this Declaration marks a major milestone in recognising the urgent need to adopt a human rights-based approach to TB, to fund human rights-based interventions that overcome barriers to universal access to TB diagnosis, prevention, treatment, care and support services – and to put people affected by TB at the centre of the TB response.
The Declaration itself aims to empower people affected by TB so they may know and claim their human rights.
The following are principles for a human rights-based approach to TB:
People (and affected communities) are placed at the centre, as equal partners, driving health policy, providing the individual and groups with the tools to participate and claim specific rights
The most marginalised, at risk and vulnerable people/groups are identified, informed and empowered to access TB prevention, treatment and care
Dignity is assured for patients and those affected
Socio-economic determinants of TB are addressed
Human rights implications of TB policy, legislation and programming are addressed
Institutional constraints and capacity gaps that prevent individuals and groups from fulfilling their rights related to TB are overcome
There is an integrated and multisectoral response to TB, making human rights an integral dimension in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of TB-related policies and programmes
Accountability tools are provided for governments, the international community and civil society to monitor the progress of all stakeholders in realising the right to health
A platform is provided for documenting and sharing best practices, supporting advocacy and social mobilisation around human rights relevant to TB.
On Sunday, 27 January, Katherine Brittin (CSP Programme Manager) flew up to Pretoria to hand deliver TB HIV Care’s NDOH (Global Fund) Notice of Funding Opportunity application – the deadline for application was 28 January 2019.
TB HIV Care was successful in the application and has been appointed to serve as a sub-recipient for the NDOH Global Fund supported TB programmes for the period April 2019 to March 2022.
This is a wonderful acknowledgement by the NDOH of the strength of TB HIV Care as a technical assistance and implementing partner for TB.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the application process and congratulations! A special thanks to Katherine Brittin, who worked tirelessly to coordinate the application, we greatly appreciate the support she provided.