19 October-1 December 2020
The 51st Union World Conference On Lung Health
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Community Connect
Start, Stop and Continue: what needs to change so that communities are better supported to lead the charge on TB and co-morbidities during COVID-19
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Start, Stop and Continue: what needs to change so that communities are better supported to lead the charge on TB and co-morbidities during COVID-19
Available in English and French
This session takes place on Zoom.us

This practical and interactive debate will discuss solutions to how governments, the UN system and donors could work closer with community -led organisations and groups so that communities are better supported to lead the charge on TB and co-morbidities in the time of COVID-19. Session participants will discuss practical recommendations on what needs to start, stop and continue to make this happen.

Chair: 
Dr Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, Executive Director, NGO ‘SCDI, Vietnam, Southern Civil Society Organisations Alternate, Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 

Speakers: 
1. Ashim Chowla Chief Executive , Alliance India HIV/AIDS Alliance 
2. Dr Coulibaly OFFIA Madiarra, Executive Director of Alliance Cote D'Ivoire 
3. Andrey Klepikov, Executive Director, Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine 
4. Zahedul Islam
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Community Connect
Activating a Human Rights Based Tuberculosis Response
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Activating a Human Rights Based Tuberculosis Response
This session takes place on Zoom.us

Panel session: This session will be a follow up to the Human Rights based Response to TB Workshop conducted last year during the Union conference. The session will include presentation and discussion on how to bring a change at the policy level in adopting the HR policy and guidelines at country level. This will be followed by Q and A.

1. Moderator - Blessina Kumar, CEO, Global Coalition of TB Activists
2. Prof. Brian Citro, Assistant Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
3. Allan Maleche, ED, KELIN
4. Priyam Cherian, Legal Officer, Lawyers Collective
5. Nyokabi Njogu, Advocate, High Court of Kenya
6. Jeffry Acaba, Community representative, APCASO
7. Ani Hernasari, Community representative, POP TB Indonesia
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Community Connect
CommunityFirst COVID-19 Roadmap
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CommunityFirst COVID-19 Roadmap
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SeeChange works in close partnership with local communities and their organizations, such as Ilisaqsivik in Clyde River, Nunavut (ilisaqsivik.ca). 'Flattening the curve' of the COVID-19 pandemic in a particular setting requires the community to be front and centre in the development and implementation of essential activities. SeeChange and Ilisaqsivik have developed a practical tool called the 'CommunityFirst COVID-19 Roadmap' to assist communities in their planning and response to the threat of COVID-19 (www.communityfirstcovid19.org). This Roadmap offers a step-by-step guide for communities to create a plan to Organize, Prepare, Respond, and (just as importantly) Recover from COVID-19. During this webinar, utilization of the Roadmap tool will be described in detail by the Community Readiness Coordinator at SeeChange, with support from the Medical Director.

Jessica Farber, Community Readiness Coordinator, SeeChange Initiative 
Peter Saranchuk, Medical Director, SeeChange Initiative
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Community Connect
Identifying and Overcoming Legal and Social Barriers to Access in Asia
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Identifying and Overcoming Legal and Social Barriers to Access in Asia
Community, Rights and Gender Assessments have been undertaken in Bangladesh, India and Indonesia - as a partnership between TB survivors, civil society, national TB Programme and Stop TB. These assessments have identified barriers to access and laid foundations for follow up work, including CRG Action Plans, Gender Frameworks and community led initiatives to help overcome the barriers identified. This session will being together stakeholders from each of the three focus countries to unpack the experiences and lessons learned from these assessments, and subsequent work, which can help other countries to get on track to achieve CRG related UNHLM TB targets and commitments.

Co-chaired by Stop TB and Stop TB NGO Delegation
Ms. Ani Hernasari, TB Survivor & PHD Candidate, POP TB, Indonesia
Dr Kuldeep Singh Sachdeva, Deputy Director General, Head Central TB Division, India
Dr Imran Pambudi, National TB Programme Manager, Indonesia
Dr Rupali Sisir Banu, National TB Programme Coordinator Bangladesh
Dr Ramya Ananthakrishnan, Director, REACH, India
Mr Abhishek Kumar, TB survivor, India
Dr Heny Akhmad, Director, Stop TB Partnership Indonesia
Dr Akramul Islam, Director, BRAC, Bangladesh
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Community Connect
Finding missing people with TB: what it will take to achieve the UN HLM targets
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Finding missing people with TB: what it will take to achieve the UN HLM targets
At the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (UNHLM on TB) in September 2018, member states committed to finding, diagnosing, and treating 40 million people with TB between 2018 and 2022. According to the 2019 Global TB report, an estimated 10 million people fell ill with TB in 2018 and 7 million people were reached with TB care in 2018, up from 6.4 million in 2017. Nearly 75% of the 3 million ‘missing people with TB’ were estimated to be accessing care in the private sector. While this was a major milestone towards delivering on the political declaration on TB, progress has been severely derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly all recent studies show sharp drop in TB notification globally, up to 70%. Most countries report that active case-finding has been completely halted and the focus during the pandemic has been on ensuring continuity of services for TB patients. However, without finding these missing people with TB, it is virtually impossible to achieve the HLM targets. Against this backdrop, this session will explore the challenges, opportunities and approaches, including new innovations for reaching the missing people with TB in the changed landscape. 

1. Dr Suvanand Sahu, Deputy Executive Director - Stop TB Partnership Secretariat
2. Dr Andy Eyo, Chief Executive Officer/Project Director - ECEWS UNOPS/TB REACH
3. Blessi Kumar, CEO - Global Coalition of TB Activists
4. Rachel Forse - Friends for International TB Relief (FIT)
5. Amir Khan, Epidemiologist and Social Entrepreneur - Interactive Research and Development (IRD)
6. Aaron Oxley, Executive Director - RESULTS UK
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Community Connect
Researchers sharing with communities: TBTC Study
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Researchers sharing with communities: TBTC Study
TBTC Study 31/ACTG A5349 is a phase 3 trial examining the possibility of shortening the duration and reducing the pill burden of therapy for drug-sensitive pulmonary TB. To this end, the study tested the efficacy and safety of two four-month alternatives to the current six-month treatment. In both experimental regimens, rifampicin is replaced by high dose rifapentine. In one of the regimens, moxifloxacin replaces ethambutol. The trial enrolled over 2,500 people aged 12 and older, as well as people living with HIV. The study was a collaboration between the TB Trials Consortium (TBTC)/U.S. CDC and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG)/U.S. NIH.
The study has come to an end and the research team will present its results during the Union Conference (Session No. 523: High-dose rifapentine with or without moxifloxacin for shortening treatment of tuberculosis: TBTC Study 31/ACTG A5349 phase 3 clinical trial results). It is now paramount to share the results with communities, answer their questions, and plan next steps together.
This 90-minute session with the study’s principal investigators, CRAG members, and a study participant/volunteer (TBC) is an opportunity to be transparent and accountable with communities by sharing results from a major clinical trial with the potential to change the global standard of care for drug-sensitive TB soon after they are first presented to a scientific audience.

1. Payam Nahid (TBTC primary investigator, USCF, USA)
2. Dick Chaisson (ACTG and TBTC primary investigator, JHU, USA)
3. Dorothy Namutamba (Community Research Advisors Board Co-chair, Uganda)
4. Barbara Seaworth (Community Research Advisors Board Co-chair, USA)
5. Cynthia Chirwa (Study team community representative, Zambia/USA)
6. Mike Frick (Treatment Action Group, USA)
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Community Connect
Strengthen Systems of TB Survivors and Civil Society
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Strengthen Systems of TB Survivors and Civil Society
Strengthening community systems is key to a strong and vibrant TB response. However, TB has yet to really tap into this opportunity through Global Fund Grants. This session will talk a little to CSS - what it is and how to engage with opportunities, and will also look to focus more specifically on the needs of people affected by TB and how to utilise CSS opportunities to strengthen national TB responses.

RD Marte, APCASO
David Bryden, RESULTS US
Olive Mumba, EANNASO
Olya Klymenko, Tbpeople
Achut Prasad Sitaula 
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Community Connect
TB Champions respond to COVID-19: Narratives from India
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TB Champions respond to COVID-19: Narratives from India
The COVID-19 pandemic limited access to TB services across India. This was reflected in Nikshay data, media reporting and reports by TB advocates showing that TB case notification had declined considerably and loss to follow up cases had surged. COVID-19 presented new challenges for healthcare providers as well as affected communities, particularly during the nation-wide lockdown period.  Through this session at Community Connect, TB Champions will share their experiences of supporting the TB response in India as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded. They will speak about how they were able to first protect themselves and their families; about their position as leaders within their communities; and how they adapted to using mobile phones to keep supporting people with TB. They will also share the challenges they have faced in acting as an interface between people with TB and health system during this extremely stressful period. 

Chairs:
1. Anuradha Panda 
2. Subrat Mohanty

Speakers:
1. Ravindra Karma, TBC Chhattisgarh 
2. Sheet Kumar TBC Jharkhand 
3. Bibhuti Bhusan Sahu, TBC Odisha 
4. Sushma Mahali,TBC Jharkhand 
5. Abhishek Kumar, TBC Bihar 
6. Khageshwar Kumar, TBC Jharkhand 
7. Kalyani Nishad, TBC Chhattisgarh 
8. Anjana Kumari TBC Bihar
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Community Connect
Results of TB community, rights and gender assessments in EECA region
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Results of TB community, rights and gender assessments in EECA region
From 2016 to date several communities, rights and gender (CRG) assessments and reviews were conducted in Eastern Europe/Central Asia (EECA) countries: Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce and discuss the common bottlenecks and solutions. Assessments supported by the Global Fund through the regional program on advancing people-centered quality TB care, or TB-REP 2.0, went through multi-stakeholder prioritization processes, evaluating epidemiological data and a number of risk factors, in order to form a short-list of the most vulnerable to TB key populations. These key populations were subsequently engaged to collect additional qualitative information about human rights, gender, and stigma/discrimination barriers at the level of the health system and individual patient’s level. 

Nonna Turusbekova, Netherlands
Liliana Caraulan, Moldova, PAS Center
Nonna Turusbekova, Netherlands, TBC Consult
Mariam Jibuti, Georgia, New Vector
Oxana Ibragimova, Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Union of People Living with HIV
Chair: James Malar, Stop TB Partnership
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Community Connect
Tuberculosis/Covid19 - barriers, lessons, actions
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Tuberculosis/Covid19 - barriers, lessons, actions
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are witnessing the deterioration in access to medical and social services in tuberculosis, which in the future may have irreparable consequences. We will present a pool of barriers and medical services for the EECA region and in the world that have become less accessible for TB patients, as well as possible solutions that we, as a community, see as possible to improve the situation in tuberculosis. We will show the results of monitoring through the oneImpact application (Ukraine), disaggregated by gender, as well as the results of a survey for people with TB or covid 19 (STP).

Chair
Olya Klymenko

Speakers
1.Olya Klymenko - chairman of the board CO TBpeopleUkraine. 
2.James Malar Country and Community Support for Impact | CCS4i Team
1. Vitalina Ustenko 
2. James Malar 
3. Olga Pavlova 
4. Paul Sommerfeld

 
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