The Technical Coordinator for ACT Austin Arinze Obiefuna participated in a high-level stakeholder workshop on the Nairobi Strategy on Tuberculosis and Human Rights which was held in Mombasa, Kenya on 9 – 10 August 2018. The workshop was organized by the Stop TB Partnership, the Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) (Kenya) and the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (USA).

This workshop builds up on a Judicial Dialogue that was held in June 2016 in Nairobi. The dialogue led to the development of a detailed global action plan to promote a human rights-based approach to TB—the Nairobi Strategy on Tuberculosis and Human Rights. During the two years since its development and launch, a diverse group of global stakeholders has made considerable progress in implementing the Nairobi Strategy, with minimal funding, but the time is right, in light of the coming UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB this September, to accelerate our efforts to mobilize human and financial resources to further implement the Strategy.

The workshop seeks to achieve three objectives which are:
i. to measure progress made thus far in implementing the Nairobi Strategy;
ii. to develop and finalize a three-year costed work-plan for further implementation of the Nairobi Strategy;
iii. to draft a communique on the critical role of the Nairobi Strategy in promoting a human rights-based approach to TB for submission to the Co-Chairs of UN HLM on TB.

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