This week RESULTS UK staff are headed to Berlin to participate in the 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health. The conference will we held in Berlin, Germany, on 11-15 November. The annual conference is special this year as it celebrates the 90th birthday of The Union and marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Koch. Koch was the first person to isolate the tuberculosis bacillus in 1882 and was subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his findings in 1905.
While in Berlin, RESULTS will be hosting a workshop titled “TB and Your MP” to discuss how to engage parliamentarians in TB advocacy. TB generally has a low profile among policy makers compared to other major diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. This hampers efforts to secure the resources and focus needed to address this devastating disease. We look forward to hearing from and sharing best practices on engaging parliamentarians in the fight to eradicate TB with other civil society organisations – the workshop will be a great opportunity to strengthen work on TB in parliaments around the world.
In addition to the workshop hosted by RESULTS, we will be collaborating with the rest of the ACTION (Advocacy to Control TB Internationally) team to hold a workshop on “Living with HIV, dying of TB: using North-South advocacy to overcome the co-epidemic”. We have known about the link between TB and HIV for some time. Nonetheless, TB and HIV programmes have yet to become fully integrated. In this workshop we will hear from members of the TB-HIV community to answer the question, “Why are we as a TB-HIV global health community failing to realise TB-HIV program integration?” Panel members and workshop participants will discuss three key challenges to TB-HIV programme integration and how to use advocacy approaches to resolve these conflicts.