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IDPP Staff Participates in Philippines TB Advocacy Workshop

Ms. Louie Zepeda participates in the event (photo)IDPP Regional Support Staff Ms. Eloisa “Louie” Zepeda presented at the “Strategic Planning Workshop on Human Rights-Based Approach in Advocacy and Social Mobilization for Tuberculosis (TB) Key Affected Persons” from 26-29 May 2014 at the Asian Institute of Management in Baguio City, Philippines. Co-organized by the Philippines Department of Health and Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), the workshop brought together Philippine Country Coordinating Mechanism (PCCM) members and TB victims to discuss the future of advocacy and inclusive development for persons affected by TB.

The workshop was chaired by PCCM, a strategic oversight committee that manages the GFATM’s Philippines grant and provides one of the main support frameworks for victims of TB in the Philippines. Ms. Zepeda engaged in exchanges with policy makers, disability advocates, business leaders, and others while offering her unique perspective as a victim of TB and person with disability. The three-day workshop was organized to achieve several objectives:

  • Enhance knowledge of the Key Affected Persons of Tuberculosis on their rights as claim-holders.
  • Inform the TB Key Affected Persons on the New Funding Model of the Global Fund on TB, HIV and Malaria and opportunities for direct engagement in program implementation.
  • Enhance knowledge of Key Affected Persons of TB toward planning and implementing advocacy campaigns using the Human Rights-Based Approach around: 
  1. Helping prevent treatment dropout in TB
  2. Eliminating stigma and discrimination against people with TB
  3. TB Key Affected Persons’ direct engagement in the New Funding Model implementation
  • Unite the TB Key Affected Persons on an integrated National Advocacy and Social Mobilization Plan

The session concluded with the drafting of a Plan of Action regarding the allocation of funds in programs for treatment, advocacy, and patient retention programs for the coming year. Congratulations to Louie for her continued work in TB activism and disability advocacy!

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