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Webinar: Good COPs or Bad COPs? Advocacy to Ensure the Prioritization of TB in 2018 PEPFAR Country Operational Plans (COPs)

Good COPs or Bad COPs: Advocacy to Ensure the Prioritization of TB in 2018 PEPFAR Country Operational Plans (COPs).

Every year, PEPFAR meets to discuss their strategy and budget for the following year, and set targets on implementing country operation plans (COPs) to improve the response to HIV/AIDS. This year PEPFAR is engaging civil society earlier than in past years to help inform key decisions throughout the process—but the timeline is tight.

January 16, 2018 – “Because I was incensed!” With these words in a November 1984 interview with The New York Times, Dr. Mathilde Krim explained why she cofounded the AIDS Medical Foundation in 1983, the first private organization concerned with fostering and supporting AIDS research. She would go on to become the founding chair and chairman of the board of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and an unparalleled champion of the science, policies, education, and compassion required to protect the lives of all people living with and vulnerable to HIV.


January 10, 2018 – The Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC) is a global leader in research and development for better tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat tuberculosis (TB). Housed within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the TBTC conducts clinical research of high public health relevance and is key to strengthening domestic and global campaigns to eliminate TB. TBTC studies have produced several notable breakthroughs, including a shorter regimen for preventing TB (3HP) using isoniazid and rifapentine. The Community Research Advisors Group (CRAG) produced this

January 5, 2018 – In advance of a U.S. Senate Committee on Finance hearing on January 9, 2018, TAG and over 60 other civil society organizations issued a statement asking U.S. senators to oppose the confirmation of Alex Azar as Secretary of Health and Human Services, citing Azar's industry track-record and stances that counter public health and racial, gender, and economic justice. While Azar was president of Lilly USA, insulin costs nearly tripled.

February 2018 — TAG is seeking to hire a Finance Manager who will report to the Deputy Executive Director – Development and Operations (DED-DO). The Finance Manager will ensure timely and accurate development, management, and reporting of TAG's financials. They will work closely with the DED-DO, Executive Director (ED), Administrator, and Program Directors, and attend Board Finance Committee meetings on a monthly basis or as requested.

The Finance Manager's role requires tact, diplomacy, and interaction with staff and the Board. Strong communications skills, written and verbal, are a must.

TAG Statement on Forbidden Words in Budget Documents

Reports of words being prohibited in the budget plans of agencies under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) indicate a horrifying acceleration of the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine science and public health

New York, December 20, 2017 – Treatment Action Group (TAG) joins the chorus of rational voices expressing outrage at reports that HHS agencies have received instructions to avoid words unpalatable to the Trump administration in their budget requests.

While certain officials are now suggesting the prohibitions represent recommendations designed to smooth the budget

Hasty Passage of the Tax and Health Care Bill

Suraj Madoori
TAG U.S. and Global Health Policy Director

With the hasty passage of the tax and health care bill passed along party lines yesterday afternoon, Congress has sent a clear message on how they prioritize communities living with and vulnerable to HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the upcoming mid-term election year. The bill was signed on December 22, 2017 by the President, and it hands massive tax-cuts to corporations and the wealthy.

HCV Treatment Access in U.S. Prisons: Legal and Policy Challenges
October 2, 2017 - Treatment Access Group joined oined National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and the Hepatitis Education Project to present this update on HCV DAA treatment access in the U.S. prison system.

HCV Global Access Webinars Archive
2015 - A series of two Webinars that offered the opportunity to engage with leading experts on cutting-edge issues in HCV treatment access advocacy.


Webinar: Hepatitis C Treatment Access in Prisons: Legal and Policy Challenges

On Monday, October 2, 2017, Treatment Access Group joined National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and the Hepatitis Education Project to present this update on HCV DAA treatment access in the U.S. prison system. The webinar included information about newly available treatments, drug pricing in the prison system, key lawsuits, and legal tactics designed to expand access in correctional settings.

Speakers included:

  • Mandy Altman, MPA
    Correctional Health Program Manager, Hepatitis Education Project
  • Elizabeth Paukstis, MA, JD
    Public Policy Director, NVHR
  • Annette Gaudino
    HCV/HIV Project Co-Director,

Webinar: Exploring the Implications of the Delamanid Phase III and STREAM Trial Results

Note that the following PDFs listed at the top of this page were handouts shared with the Webinar:
--Phase III Clinical Trial Results at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Implications for the Field1, PDF
--TB CAB's Proposed Development Pathway for Regimens to Treat Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, PDF
--The Devil We Know: Is the Use of Injectable Agents for the Treatment of MDR-TB Justified? PDF

               The Results Are In: Now What? Webinar Video

The first ever phase III trials for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) finally yielded results.