Asia-Pacific has launched a newly formed coalition of TB activities in the Asia-Pacific region – ACT Asia-Pacific!.

Asia-Pacific still accounts for 850,000 TB-related deaths annually, and is home to 10 of the world’s high burden countries for multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis.

With the support of the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender Special Initiative and the Open Society Foundations, APCASO and the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA) co-convened a meeting last week to help establish a regional TB activists’ coalition and craft the region’s community and civil society TB agenda.

From the meeting, ACT Asia-Pacific!, the first ever coalition of TB activists in Asia-Pacific. We also have the initial draft of IMPACT! Asia-Pacific, the coalition’s advocacy implementation plan. There are plans to establish FACT$! (Funding Champions for TB), the funders’ counterpart of the coalition which we hope will have members who commit to funding and raising resources for TB. ACT Asia-Pacific! hope to continue getting support for the network to sustain this momentum and implement our advocacy plans, and as a coalition, hopes to submit a regional Global Fund funding request in 2017.

A meeting of the report will be shared soon. In the meantime, more information on the unities of the new coalition and how you can support this initiative is available here.