Stop TB Partnership

TB Human Rights Discussion Group

To End TB, we must have a response that is people centered, human rights-based and gender responsive. We must build a global movement which demands the promotion and protection of human rights in all aspects of the TB response.

In 2018, the Stop TB Partnership established a TB and human rights discussion group that meets virtually each month. The purpose of the discussion group is to unpack, explore, strategize and coordinate on key issues, challenges and opportunities for advancing a human rights-based response to tuberculosis (TB). Participants are from all regions of the world and include people affected by TB, civil society activists, lawyers and human rights and gender experts.

If you are a human rights champion, we hope that you can join the discussion group and help advance TB policies and programmes that promote and protect human rights. If you would like to join the group or have suggested topics for discussion, please email

The specific aims of the discussion group are to:

  1. Explore human rights issues, including human rights violations, gender equity, stigma and discrimination, community monitoring, universal access for TB key populations and people affected by TB, community engagement among other areas;
  2. Analyze and overcome barriers and challenges experienced by people affected by TB through strategizing on effective responses and solutions to advance a human rights-based and gender-transformative TB response; and
  3. Capacitate and mobilize TB affected communities and human rights activists as part of a unified global movement to shift the paradigm and realize a people centered, human rights-based and gender transformative TB response.

Recent TB Human Rights Group Discussions:

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The Universal Periodic Review
The UPR and the Human Rights Council are existing mechanisms where civil society can engage UN members states regarding human rights concerns, including UN High Level Meeting Political Declaration on TB commitments. Discussion featuring Nicoletta Zappile, UPR Info Org, Gisa XX TAG and David Ruiz, Aidfonds UPRSessions.aspx



UNHLM Targets & Commitments

Human Rights and TB call on
TB and the UPR 19 March
TB & People with Disabilities
People with disabilities face many barriers accessing health and TB services. Mental health support, and rehabilitation and reintegration into communities require more attention. Speakers: Michael Miiro, MADIPHA; Mike Frick, TAG; Louie Zepeda, Philippines; Stefan Radut, ASPTMR (6 February 2019)

TB & People With Disabilities : Recommendations
The Nairobi Strategy on TB & Human Rights
The Nairobi Strategy is a framework for realizing a human rights based TB response. Speakers include Timur Abdullaev, TBpeople; Allan Maleche, KELIN; Brian Citro, North Western University Nairobi Strategy on TB & Human Rights Brief

Nairobi Strategy on TB & Human Rights Full

Progress Report 2016-2018 - Nairobi Strategy of TB & Human Rights
Litigation, TB and Prisoners as Key Populations
Litigation is an avenue of addressing human rights violations. In Malawi, litigation has commenced to protect the rights of universal access for people in prisons. Discussion from Lynette Mabote, ARASA, Thoko Nkhoma, FACT and John Stephens, O’Neill Institute Key Populations Brief - Prisoners

TB in Prisons : A people’s Introduction to the Law
National TB Laws & Human Rights
National TB Laws and the promotion and protection of human rights, featuring Brian Citro exploring key considerations for TB laws, Kitso Phiri on the place of marginalized communities, particularly miners, Stefan Radut on the perspective of TB survivors and the experience in Romania, Mara Quesada unpacking TB and HIV laws in the Philippines and Cintia Dantas describing the role of Global TB Caucus and MPs in taking forward the priorities civil society and affected communities. (March 2019)
Access to drugs & diagnostics
TB drugs and diagnostics must be accessible, affordable, safe, quality and affordable. This ought to be irrespective of where someone lives or how the identify. This discussion has a focus on India and features: Sreenivas Nair from Stop TB Partnership - overview; Leena Menghaney, MSF advocacy campaign on bedaquiline; Nandita Venkatesan - what access means from the perspective of a TB survivor; Mike Frick, TAG exploring opportunities for reforming models of public investments; and Kajal Bhardwaj, co-author of the India TB Legal Environment Assessment, contextualizing the entire discussion in a human rights framework. Access to drugs & (May 2019)