The Impact of COVID-19 on the TB Epidemic: A Community Perspective Findings of a global civil society and affected TB communities led Survey - 15 Sept 2020 - TBCOVIDadvocates@gmail.com

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A collaborative effort by a group of engaged TB civil society organizations (TBCOVIDadvocates@gmail.com)

In response to early warnings of COVID-19 having devastating impact on people affected by tuberculosis (TB) and TB programs around the world, a survey collecting voices from the ground was launched on May 26, 2020. Separate questions and findings were collected for people with TB, frontline healthcare workers, program and policy officers, TB researchers and TB advocates. Findings present lived experiences, lessons learned, advocacy recommendations, and opportunities for mitigating the damage done by COVID-19 to get countries back on track to achieving elimination targets, as well as building back better to end TB.

Tuberculosis (TB) is the world's leading infectious disease, killing around 1.5 million people each year, which is about to be increased by the impact of COVID-19.
TUESDAY 15 Sept 2020 (17:30-19:00 New Delhi, 13:00-14:30 London/Abuja, 8:00am Montreal)

Global Virtual Event launching civil-society led survey findings and Call to Action

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KEY FINDING 1: COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the number of people seeking and receiving healthcare for TB.

Findings and Calls to Action 1 (Français, Espanol, Russian)

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KEY FINDING 2: COVID-19 is driving people with TB into poverty, COVID-19 is driving people with TB into poverty, and social isolation is increasing inequities and human rights-related barriers to TB services.

Finding and Calls to Action 2 (Français, Espanol, Russian)

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KEY FINDING 3: Health systems around the world are weak and ill equipped to respond to simultaneous COVID-19 and TB epidemics.

Finding and Calls to Action 3 (Français, Español, Russian)


KEY FINDING 4: People working in the TB field are seeing significant interruptions and diversions of their work and research to COVID-19.

Finding and Calls to Action 4 (Français, Español, Russian)


KEY FINDING 5: TB funding has decreased significantly since the beginning of the pandemic.

Finding and Calls to Action 5 (Français, EspañolRussian)

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KEY FINDING 6: Many health facilities and programs have adapted the ways they deliver services and resources in response to COVID-19, which presents an opportunity for the future of TB care and prevention.

Finding and Calls to Action 6 (Français, Español, Russian)

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Social Media Messages

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Message: We know that united our calls will not go unheard! Which is why as a community we pooled our resources to understand the impact of #COVID19 on the #TB epidemic. As advocates determined to #endtb here are our calls to action: https://spark.adobe.com/page/xJ7pygvhrIAqW/ #buildbackbettertoendtb
Message: #COVID19 has demonstrated the important role communities play in responding to health crises. #TB responses must prioritize people-centered approaches & support community led efforts to #endtb #buildbackbettertoendtb Learn more: https://spark.adobe.com/page/xJ7pygvhrIAqW/
Message: All actors engaged in the fight to #endTB need to promote equity and access to financial support, transportation, healthcare and food for all people with #TB, without discrimination! #buildbackbettertoendtb Learn more: https://spark.adobe.com/page/xJ7pygvhrIAqW/
Message: COVID-19 has weakened & shone a spotlight on the weaknesses in health systems everywhere. Governments MUST invest in health systems & we must get better at using resources wisely by delivering care in an integrated way. #buildbackbettertoendtb Learn more: https://spark.adobe.com/page/xJ7pygvhrIAqW/
Message: Interruptions to #TB programs need to be immediately addressed & we need to invest in community-led monitoring so that people affected by TB can share real time data of experiences on the ground. #buildbackbettertoendtb Learn more: https://spark.adobe.com/page/xJ7pygvhrIAqW/
Message: We know that the funding gap for #TB is being amplified by the pandemic. To protect people & past investments donors need to fully fund the @GlobalFund #COVID19 Recovery Mechanism and close the TB R&D funding gap! #buildbackbettertoendtb Learn more: https://spark.adobe.com/page/xJ7pygvhrIAqW/
Message: Now is the time to shake things up & get creative. We can & should leverage investments in #COVID19 for #TB. Digital health solutions & community led responses must also now be rapidly adopted. #buildbackbettertoendtb Learn more: https://spark.adobe.com/page/xJ7pygvhrIAqW/

Join us in the Call to Action to maximize the impact of this collaborative initiative.

Political will is central to the global TB response and needs to be consistently cultivated and built, and we need to leverage the doors that have been opened by COVID-19.
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Together we can build a better world with health for all!

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