Advocacy

We help organizations and country programs to build their capacity to engage in advocacy on key issues, develop campaigns, communicate effectively; and build civil society capacity on technical TB and HIV.

Successful advocacy campaigns that Colleen has been involved with include:

  • Catalyzing global leadership to accelerate momentum toward universal access for high-quality TB and TB/HIV services; and to accelerate funding and progress in R&D for better tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat TB. For example, calling for the rapid drug susceptibility test (DST) that enables more people, especially children and people living with HIV to receive accurate diagnoses for drug-resistant TB; and novel drugs and regimens that are less toxic, more efficacious, and can achieve cure in less time than existing treatments.
  • In collaboration with the National TB Controllers Association USA and the Community Representatives Advisory Group (CRAG) to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC) campaigned to reduce the price of rifapentine in the US by 57%, a reduction not seen since Wellcome Burroughs reduced the price of AZT by 20% in 1989. Read About Rifapentine.
  • Bedaquiline is one of only two new drugs for TB in the last 40 years. Unfortunately, its cost ensured that most people with MDR-TB who need the drug could not access it. Working with Treatment Action Group (TAG) and partners launched a campaign to reduce the price of bedaquiline, which included TAG and a coalition of organizations and individuals working on TB sending an open letter to Janssen appealing to the company to lower bedaquiline’s price for all non-high-income countries. Janssen responded with a $30 million donation of the drug in December 2014.
  • Successfully launched the Zero TB Deaths, New Infections, Suffering and Discrimination campaign to challenge the paradigm at the time, which resulted in the campaign’s pillars being adopted as the vision for the post 2015 strategy by the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly.  Read More Here.
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