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UNGA 73rd session unites to accelerate efforts on Ending TB

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The world leaders meet at the United Nations head office in Washington, USA for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) this September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and is scheduled to last for nine working days.

The theme of the general debate is, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’

Among other crucial deliberations is the unique session focusing on fighting TB. Heads of State will gather in New York on 26 September this year at the United Nations General Assembly first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care. The high-level meeting was as a result of a need to place more focus on TB by UNGA Member States. The theme for the TB event is: "United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic".

The high-level meeting on TB is an important step forward by governments and all partners engaged in the fight against TB. It follows a very successful Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Moscow on 16-17 November, 2017 which resulted in high-level commitments from Ministers and other leaders from 120 countries to accelerate progress to end TB.

Humana People to People notes that Tuberculosis mostly affects adults in their productive years. However, all age groups are at risk with children and women mostly at the receiving end of TB either through infection or as being affected as an aftermath. The harsh reality is that to a large extent the TB cases and deaths are in developing countries.

TB occurs in every part of the world. According to the 2017 Global Report on TB, the largest number of new TB cases occurred in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions, with 62% of new cases, followed by the African region, with 25% of new cases. The World Health Organization points out that in 2017, 87% of new TB cases occurred in the 30 high TB burden countries. Eight countries accounted for two thirds of the new TB cases: India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and South Africa.

Against such a backdrop, Humana People to People implements community based TB programmes fighting the spread of infection and promoting adoption of preventive measures to save lives. Humana People to People has over the years built a wealth of experience in fighting HIV and AIDS and such capacity has recently been adapted into designing the Total Control of TB programme which focus on intervening in addressing TB challenges in Southern Africa, India and China.

The Total Control of Tuberculosis (TC-TB) programme reduces the spread of TB and related deaths by increasing TB early diagnosis and treatment. The approach gives emphasis to door-to-door campaigning, voluntary testing and personal counseling. It relies on the close cooperation between the TC-TB Field Officers and local health centers as well as the active participation of local volunteers. HIV and TB form a lethal combination, each speeding the other's progress. Humana People to People thus approach HIV and TB by integrating HIV activities within the TC-TB programme, including actions for prevention and treatment of infection to reduce deaths.  

Humana People to People foresee the high-level meeting resulting in an ambitious Political Declaration on TB endorsed by Heads of State that will strengthen action and investments for the end-TB response, saving millions of lives.

Besides the TB High-Level Meeting there are other interesting meetings scheduled to occur; below are some unique ones:

On Monday, 24 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The plenary will adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States.

On Thursday, 27 September, the UN will hold a one-day comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue.

A number of events will take place in parallel to the opening of the 73rd session of the UNGA under the banners of Global Goals Week 2018 and Climate Week NYC 2018.

Launching the Humana People to People Progress Report 2017 

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The Federation Humana People to People (Humana People to People) is excited and proud to release its Humana People to People Progress Report 2017, demonstrating the value of its work over the past year. 

The shared vision on what development entails and the shared values among the members of the Federation Humana People to People is the foundation for the progress described in this report. That strength is what drives the sustainability of Humana People to People movement.

The report reflects on the journey travelled in 2017 and the transformations achieved benefitting millions of people across the main thematic areas where Humana People to People development work is centered. Thus an overview of health, education, community development, agriculture and clothes collection and sales programmes delivered by Humana People to People members. 

Some unique illustrations of impact incorporated in the report reveal how important the Humana People to People community based and people-driven project design is key in creating lasting development. 

Humana People to People remains more committed than ever to combating the increasingly complex challenges and threats facing the world today: illiteracy, epidemics, the effects of climate change, food insecurity and inequality, as the international community aligns its commitments with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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Humana to attend the 22nd AIDS 2018 Conference in Amsterdam

Humana People to People will be participating at the 22nd International AIDS Conference 2018 (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 23rd – 27th of July 2018. The AIDS 2018 Conference will be held under the theme, Breaking Barriers Building Bridges.

The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world. It continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Each conference, held after every two years, is an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic.

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Female teachers key to achieving gender equality in education

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At this year’s European Development Days in Brussels, global leaders met to discuss the critical role education plays in sustainable development. Yet progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 — ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all — is in danger of stalling, due to a lack of gender equality in education and persistent barriers that prevent many young girls in developing economies — including my own Mozambique — from remaining in education.


Seeds for the future

Humana People to People due to launch “Seeds of Africa” initiative as part of Africa Day celebrations at its Headquarters in Zimbabwe




For this year’s Africa Day celebrations, Humana People to People (HPP) will be launching a new initiative called “Seeds of Africa”. The programme will celebrate a multitude of different grassroots community-driven initiatives that are currently driving regional and national development.

The celebrations will take place at Murgwi Estate, Zimbabwe on Sunday, 27th May. Over 800 people are expected to turn out to celebrate local development initiatives and hear addresses by local government officials - including the District Administrator. Throughout the day attendees can expect to hear live performances from Simon Mutambi and Cobra Kings and watch football and netball tournaments put on by local schools.

Humana People to People has long since advocated that communities and people must lead their own development and Seeds of Africa will be a chance to inspire greater change in the region through providing an innovative platform to share local efforts to develop communities.

During the celebrations people will learn about local agricultural practices; a farming community will describe how they have built their own pre-school; and a group of elderly women will exhibit their successful culinary experiments using all-natural ingredients. The agenda will also include workshops on herbal gardening, fish ponds and fire protection – all led by local experts.

Government agencies working with environment protection and forest preservation will also participate with their plans for how to support the communities in protecting the environment.

In a statement by Humana People to People, Bolette Strandbygaard - one of the key organisers – noted “This Open Sunday celebrating Africa Day is entitled “Seeds of Africa”, seeds being understood as initiatives taken by people in the communities that are driving positive change in the region.”


Established in 1977 Humana People to People is a network of development organisations working in over 40 countries globally.



Notes for Editors

HPP was inspired by the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition’s “Seeds of Good Anthropocenes”. The initiative’s objective is to provide a counter-narrative to dystopic visions of the future. It achieves this by providing examples of social and ecological progress which, combined, constitute a more positive and sustainable outlook.



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24 May 2018