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Now Available: Tools to help support activists in engaging national policy makers on TB

Two unprecedented political opportunities are rapidly approaching– the Global Ministerial Conference and the UN High Level Meeting on TB. Civil society and community groups have a critical role to play in raising the profile and understanding of the issues we face in TB among government officials and ensuring that the commitments they make at high-level meetings are translated into urgent investments and actions.

To facilitate engagement between civil society and community groups and national policy makers, TAG has created tools and resources to help support grassroots efforts:

  • Template Letter To the Minister of Health (MS Word file) that can be easily adapted to the country context with the help of our...
  • Dashboard: a database that includes country-specific information that can be slotted into the letter where prompted (MS Excel file)
  • TB R&D Funding targets brief: a policy brief that outlines country-specific R&D funding targets (PDF file) that was developed using the following...
  • Methodology: a description of the methodology used by TAG to set country-specific R&D funding targets (MS Powerpoint file)

To help implement these tools, TAG and the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA) hosted a webinar on how civil society and community groups can use these materials and other methods to initiate a dialogue with their national governments in advance of the Ministerial Conference in Moscow and maintain communication and accountability in the lead up to the UN High Level Meeting on TB and beyond. See below for the recording. 

Panel included: 

  • Jeffry Acaba, ACT Asia Pacific
  • Fanny Voitzwinkler, TB Europe Coalition
  • Sharonann Lynch, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Timur Abdullaev, TB People
  • Anele Yawa, Treatment Action Campaign

Moderator: Marcus Low, Spotlight 

Engaging policy makers ahead of the Ministerial Conference and UN High-Level Meeting on TB from Treatment Action Group on Vimeo.