Canada’s TB and HIV communities have come together to break down silos between the two responses. Our communities are building on expertise, experience and lessons learned to strengthen Canada’s response to TB and HIV.
The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) and Results Canada jointly launched two new resources focusing on the collaborative TB and HIV response. The resources are a result of a multi-sectoral policy dialogue on TB and HIV hosted by our two organizations and the work of a national Advisory Committee.
The global TB and HIV epidemics fuel each other, with TB- HIV co-infection posing a tremendous challenge to health systems, communities, and families worldwide, particularly in resource-constrained settings. While there are many intersections on social determinants of health, and TB and HIV sometimes disproportionately affect the same communities, TB and HIV work still largely operates in silos. Adding another layer of complexity, the COVID-19 pandemic challenges our communities even more in how we address the needs of people living with and at risk of TB and HIV, including those who are neglected, marginalized or criminalized. Now more than ever it is critical for the TB and HIV communities to join forces. These new resources were developed with the intention of supporting collaboration across sectors for greater impact.
“We cannot win the battle against AIDS if we do not also fight TB.”
– Nelson Mandela
MOVING FORWARD FROM THE CANADIAN POLICY DIALOGUE ON TB AND HIV: KEY POLICY
AND PROGRAMMING CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE CANADIAN RESPONSE TO TB AND HIV
This resource is the result of multi-sectoral policy dialogue on TB and HIV which brought together participants from several sectors, working in many parts of Canada and internationally, including people with lived experience and those most affected in Canada, namely Indigenous and newcomers. Their collective perspectives, experience and wisdom provided an important foundation from which to enhance the TB-HIV response in Canada and was the beginning of an important dialogue in Canada between the two sectors. The resource outlines 12 key policy and programming considerations to inform discussion on ways to move forward in the Canadian response to TB and HIV within Canada and globally. Each consideration is accompanied by potential actions to serve as next steps.
IMPLEMENTING THE UN DECLARATION ON TUBERCULOSIS: A GUIDE FOR CANADIAN
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN THE RESPONSE TO TB AND HIV
The Political Declaration on Tuberculosis is a turning point in generating the necessary political awareness and financial commitments to end TB. With TB being the number one killer of people living with HIV, the two diseases are closely linked. This guide calls on the TB and HIV communities to join forces for a collaborative response. In order to see real success, governments must commit the resources and policies necessary to drive implementation in their countries at national, regional, and local levels to reach the targets laid out in the Political Declaration. This guide presents a breakdown of the Political Declaration for a Canadian audience, which includes those working to end TB within Canada and around the world. This document is the next step in our fight against TB. It is intended to be used by community members, practitioners, civil servants, civil society, and others as a guide for Canada to push for accountability in the implementation of the Political Declaration.
TB or not TB? Canada’s Role in Eradicating the Inter-Connected TB and HIV Epidemics
– A Policy Dialogue on Tuberculosis and HIV
Date: 5-6 November, 2018
Location: Ottawa, ON
ICAD, in partnership with RESULTS Canada, hosted a multi-sectoral policy dialogue in November 2018. The dialogue complemented global and national activities surrounding the 2018 HLM on TB and ensured that civil society is engaged in shaping Canada’s national and international response to commitments made at the HLM on TB. Participants and speakers included community partners, advocates, people affected by TB/HIV and policy makers. Given the context of TB in Canada, there was a strong focus on Indigenous health and the health of newcomers, immigrants and refugees. Given the global context of TB and HIV, we applied a gender and feminist lens.
Take ACTION: How Can I Get Involved?
There are a number of ways in which Canadian HIV and TB communities and advocates can get involved in both national and global activities.
- Join the Canadian TB and HIV group hosted by RESULTS Canada. This group aims to foster dialogue, share lessons learned, expertise and experiences in an effort to strengthen Canada’s response to TB and HIV. Contact Robyn Waite, at Robyn@resultscanada.ca for more information.
Both as a lead-up to the 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (UN HLM on TB) and as follow-up to this historic event, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) and RESULTS Canada worked with key partners to produce a number of webinars and policy briefs that supported the involvement of its members in the activities surrounding the UN HLM on TB:
WEBINAR RECORDING: Civil Society Roundtable with Peter Sands, Executive Director,
The Global Fund
As the Global Fund prepared for the 2019 Replenishment, Canadian civil society met with Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund about the Global Fund’s Case for Investment, Canada’s contributions to the Global Fund, and the role of civil society and partners in getting to a fully funded Global Fund.
Date held: 30 January 2019
HOSTS: ICAD, RESULTS Canada, ONE Campaign, GFAN, The Global Fund
WEBINAR RECORDING: The High-Level Meeting on TB: What happened and what’s next
for Canada and the World?
In September 2018, the United Nations (UN) held a high-level meeting on TB, a historic opportunity to ensure TB gets on the agenda of the heads of states and governments, and that we get different sectors engaged and accelerate our efforts to put the world on course to ending TB. UN Member States, including Canada, endorsed the Political Declaration on Tuberculosis that emerged from the HLM, reaffirming their commitment to end tuberculosis by 2030. What are the implications of this historic commitment for addressing TB in Canada? For the global community? And most importantly – for the communities most affected by TB?
Date held: 31 October 2018
Hosts: ICAD and RESULTS Canada
- Mandy Slutsker, ACTION – A global advocacy perspective
- Shelley Garnham, RESULTS Canada – A Canadian advocacy perspective
- Nandita Venkatesan (India) – A perspective from a person with lived experience
WEBINAR RECORDING: Canada and the High-Level Meeting on TB: Gender matters
Why does gender matter in the fight to end the TB epidemic? How does TB affect women and maternal health? Gender is a key priority for the Canadian government, how can Canada take a leadership role in the TB response? What role does Canadian civil society have to play?
Date held: 10 May 2018
Hosts: ICAD and RESULTS Canada
- Mandy Slutsker, ACTION Secretariat (United States)
- Kate O’Brien, Maternal TB Survivor (United States)
- Amrita Daftary, McGill Academic/Research (Canada)
- Aluki Kotierk, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated – NTI (Canada)
PRE-HIGH-LEVEL MEETING POLICY BRIEF SERIES:
POLICY BRIEF SERIES: TB AND GENDER
RESULTS Canada in partnership with ICAD
Gender is an area often neglected by those seeking
to end the TB epidemic. While men tend to
disproportionately contract the disease, TB has a
significant impact on women worldwide. TB is one
of the top five leading causes of death among
women aged 20-59. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where
the prevalence of HIV is high, TB is the third leading
cause of death for women.
POLICY BRIEF SERIES: TB-HIV
RESULTS Canada in partnership with ICAD
UN high-level meetings are rare, and there have
only ever been six dedicated to health issues –
including two on HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS
community has a breadth of experience in
maximizing the impact of these meetings and the TB
community could greatly benefit from collaboration.