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Adapting TB advocacy in times of COVID-19
event_note Friday, 23 Oct 2020
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Adapting TB advocacy in times of COVID-19
COVID-19 will change the future, but for TB it is taking us back to the past. Global TB incidence could increase to levels we left behind in 2013. Deaths in 2021 are on track to increase to numbers we saw in 2016. This would be nothing short of a tragedy. Much is currently being made about reallocation of already-sparse global health resources to help combat COVID-19. Our healthcare systems are precarious, and COVID-19 is forcing many to make tough choices. We must work toward a future in which those choices don’t have to be made. Equitable and timely access to much needed tools including quality tests is something to which everyone should have the right, so they can get the care they need, whatever the diagnosis. In this session you will hear first-hand from a person affected by TB, along with COVID-19 survivor, and about how TB diagnostic priorities and approaches need to be adapted amid the pandemic. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about and discuss the results and calls to action related to the impact of COVID-19 on TB diagnostics from a recently launched civil society and affected community led global survey. The survey aimed to develop a rich understanding of experiences, challenges and opportunities across regions and key stakeholders, including people with TB, frontline healthcare workers, TB researchers, policy and program officers, and TB advocates. A concerning key finding of the report was a significant decrease in TB testing during the pandemic, and a clear call to action for leveraging investments in COVID-19 testing to strengthen the TB response emerged. In this session we will work together as a community to reflect on on the ground experiences reported and build and advocacy strategy for taking action.

Chair:
Karishma Saran, Strategic Communications Officer, FIND and Secretariat, Stop TB Partnership’s New Diagnostics Working Group

Speakers:
1. Robyn Waite, Results Canada 
2. Saurabh Rane, TB advocate 
3. Nombasa Dumile, frontline health worker 
4. Lwazi Mlaba, COVID-19 Survivor and Living with Long COVID-19
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