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.
You can read the full Declaration here.
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.
Last night (Sunday, 24 March), St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town was lit up in red to mark World TB Day 2019.
It was part of the Stop TB Partnership’s international campaign to shine a spotlight on tuberculosis: Light up the World in Red to End TB.
St George’s Cathedral was chosen as a symbol of this year’s campaign because South Africa has adopted the “It’s Time” theme, but adapted it to say:
It’s time…for religious leaders, parliamentarians and legislators to lead the fight to end TB in South Africa
This theme was chosen in recognition of the role of faith-based leaders as powerful influencers in South Africa. It is hoped that they can contribute in at least two ways:
- By exemplifying the principles of acceptance and inclusion that underpin most faiths and welcoming and supporting those affected by TB, thereby combatting stigma associated with the disease; and
- By contacting their local clinics to invite them to perform health screenings in their congregations.
Earlier in the day, South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, together with the National Assembly Speaker, Ms Baleka Mbete, joined the Anglican Archbishop, Thabo Makgoba and other faith-based leaders, parliamentarians, civil society and TB ambassadors at a special 09h30 service at St George’s Cathedral dedicated to those affected by TB in South Africa.