ACTION partners engaged in deep advocacy around #WorldTBDay to spread awareness of the oldest epidemic and garner financial commitments to #EndTB, particularly ahead of the Global Fund’s 7th Replenishment. Partners across Africa, Europe, and North America held events, led social media campaigns, engaged members of parliament, and more to mark the day.
In an exciting announcement from the White House on March 28, we were able to see the positive outcomes of this vital advocacy. The U.S., who will host the Global Fund’s next pledging conference this fall, pledged US$6 billion to the replenishment. This pledge is an important step to ending AIDS, TB, and malaria and strengthening healthcare delivery systems. Hopefully, additional governments are ready to follow suit.
As advocating for financial and policy commitments to end TB is one of our main work streams under our Ending the Epidemics pillar, partners will continue to engage on this issue and to garner commitments. To learn more about the partnership’s #WTBD advocacy, see our Twitter Moment.
A Sample of Activities
On World TB Day 2022, this blog seeks to amplify some stories and experiences from TB patients, healthcare workers and advocates across Kenya, to raise awareness of one of the deadliest infectious diseases and advocacy efforts to #EndTB. We touch upon some of the meetings, briefings, photographs and videos provided to parliamentarians in a recent ‘virtual trip’ to Kenya.
Light up Red for Tuberculosis (TB) is a global campaign held on 24 March to show solidarity and commemorate those who lose their lives to TB each year. World TB Day is recognized by lighting up buildings Red in communities, councils, and cities. Results Australia advocates worked with their local councils and organizations to light up the buildings in their own communities red.
To spread awareness about TB in Tanzania, HDT recorded a short video with 8 people of different backgrounds describing their experience with TB. On social media, they invited challenge participants to record their own video, receiving more than 30 video clips with more than 200,000 views to date. HDT will announce three challenge winners in the coming weeks
Rhéa Lobo is an alternate member of the Stop TB Partnership Board and an international award-winning filmmaker with a background in health journalism and an extra-pulmonary TB survivor.
It is time we give people with TB the respect they deserve and the right to life and health. And it starts with investments–Rhéa Lobo
At Results Canada’s World TB Day event, Honourable Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan announced a commitment of CAD$11 million to TB REACH. This investment will contribute to finding people with TB in hard-to-reach communities so that they get the care they need, supporting community-led initiatives and filling gaps in service delivery caused by the pandemic. Find factsheets on TB prepared by Results Canada here.