Developing a Rights-based Approach to TB

All day
Through December 6, 2014
Center in Delhi

Dec. 5


Friday, December 5, 2014 (9:00 am 4:00 pm)

9:00 am- 9:10 am Conference Inauguration: Dr. N.K. Mehra, Dean (Research), AIIMS and Bharath Visweswariah, Director, University of Chicago Center in Delhi

9:10 am- 9:30 am Introductory Remarks: Conference Organizers

1. Why a RightsBased Approach to TB?: Lessons from Nepal and Haiti
○ Dr. Evan Lyon, University of Chicago, Department of Medicine
○ Dr. Kiran Pandey, University of Chicago, Department of Medicine

2. What is a RightsBased Approach to TB?
○ Mihir Mankad, Save the Children UK
○ Brian Citro, University of Chicago Law School
Abstract Presentations:
Facilitator: Reilly Paul, J.D. Candidate, University of Chicago Law School

9:30 am- 11:00 am A RightsBased Approach to TB
1. Farihah Malik, Stop TB Partnership: Incorporating a rightsbased approach in TB programming (UK) (9:30 am 9:45 am)
2. Hannah Brennan, Public Citizen: A Human Rights Approach to Patent Protection (USA) (9:45 am 10:00 am)
3. Leena Menghaney and Shailly Gupta, MSF India: From Urban Slums to LowIntensity Chronic Conflict Settings: TB Hot Spots and the Need for a RightsBased Approach in India (India) (10:00 am 10:15 am)
4. Raja Mohammed, Meera Foundation: TB and Human Rights Advocacy and Implementation in Tamil Nadu, India (India) (10:15 am 10:30 am)
5. Questions (10:30 am 11:00 am)

11:00 am-11:15 am Break

11:15 am-12:15 pm TB in Vulnerable Groups
1. Boddu Vijaya Kumar, Vasavya Mahila Mandali: Community driven TB reduction with the involvement of women in Andhra Pradesh, India (India) (11:15 am 11:30 am)
2. Anjali Borhade, Public Health Foundation of India: TB Prevention and Treatment among Migrant Workers: A case study of Rights Based Intervention in Nasik, Maharashtra (India) (11:30 am 11:45 am)
3. Allan Maleche, KELIN (Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS): Prisons Officers as allies in Advancing Rights Based Management of HIV and TB for Prisoners in Kenya (Kenya) (11:45 am 12:00 pm)
4. Questions (12:00 pm 12:15 pm)

12:15 pm-1:45 pm Lunch Break

1:45 pm-2:45 pm TB Drug Resistance
1. Tamrat Girma Biru, Institute of Psychology, Addis Abba University: Psychosocial Challenges of MDRTB in Addis Abba (Ethiopia) (1:45 pm 2:00 pm)
2. Sunita Sahoo, MPH Student, Asian Institute of Public Health: Counseling Support to Address the Plights of MDRTB Patients (India) (2:00 pm 2:15 pm)
3. Case Gordon, IMAXI Cooperative: Renewing the Struggle for the Human Rights of People with Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, While Learning from Past Failures (France) (2:15 pm 2:30 pm) (videoconference)
4. Questions (2:30 pm 2:45 pm)

2:45 pm-3:00 pm Break

3:00 pm-3:45 pm Health Systems and TB Policy
1. Dr. Ataulhaq Sanaie, Afghan Community Research & Empowerment Organization: National Response to TB, Afghanistan (Afghanistan) (3:00 pm 3:15 pm)
2. Dr. Carl Abelardo T. Antonio, University of the Philippines Manila, Department of Health Policy and Administration: Gainful employment for workers with TB:
Perspective from the Philippines (Philippines) (3:15 pm 3:30 pm)
3. Questions (3:30 pm 3:45 pm)

3:45 pm-4:00 pm Closing
Remarks: Prof. Narinder K Mehra, Dean (Research) and Head, Department of Transplant Immunology & Immunogenetics, AIIMS

Saturday, December 6, 2014 (10:00 am 4:00 pm)

10:00 am-10:30 am HighlyDistinguished Opening Remarks: Dr. Vishwa Mohan Katoch, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research

10:30 am-11:00 am Keynote: Anand Grover, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Director, HIV/AIDS Unit, Lawyers Collective

11:00 am-11:15 am Break

11:15 am- 12:15 pm Panel: Health Systems and TB in India Moderated By: Chapal Mehra, Independent Writer, Researcher and Public Health Specialist
a. Dr. SK Sharma, AIIMS (India)
b. Dr. KS Sachdeva, RNTCP, Government of India (India)
c. Sandeep Ahuja, Operation ASHA (India)
d. Dr. Achuthan Nair Sreenivas, WHO India (India)
e. Kerry McBroom, Human Rights Law Network (India)
1. Introduction into the Issue by moderator
2. Questions moderator
3. Questions audience

12:15 pm-1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Panel: Stigma, Discrimination and Vulnerable Groups Moderated By: Blessina Kumar, Chair, Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA)
a. Allan Maleche, KELIN (Kenya)
b. Anjali Borhade, Public Health Foundation of India (India)
c. Prabha Mahesh, Alert India (India)
d. Leena Menghaney, MSF Access Campaign, South Asia (India)
1. Introduction into the Issue by moderator
2. Questions moderator
3. Questions audience

2:30 pm-2:45 pm Break

2:45 pm-3:45 pm Panel: Access to Quality TB Diagnostics Moderated By: Dr. Evan Lyon, University of Chicago, Department of Medicine
a. Dr. Urvashi Singh, AIIMS (India)
b. Hannah Brennan, Public Citizen (USA)
c. Dr. Reuben Swamickan, USAID (India)
1. Introduction into the Issue by moderator
2. Questions moderator
3. Questions audience

3:45 pm-4:00 pm Closing Remarks: Blessina Kumar, Chair, Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA)

TB and Human Rights

The global TB crisis remains at epidemic proportions. In 2012, there were approximately 8.6 million new cases of TB and 1.3 million deaths from TB—nearly 3,600 deaths a day. An estimated 26% of all global incidences of TB occurred in India alone. The central truth about the TB crisis in India is that social and economic factors and structural barriers drive the epidemic. A rights-based approach to TB will focus on the underlying social and economic determinants and establish the rights of people living with and vulnerable to TB. The approach will articulate the legal obligations of governments and non-state actors, such as private health providers and drug manufacturers, to ensure good quality TB testing and treatment are available and accessible. And it will focus on the state’s obligation to effectively regulate the health sector and ensure adequate, equitable and sustainable funding for TB prevention and treatment.

Session Details

In an effort to generate and promote thought, dialogue and policy actions surrounding a rights-based approach to TB, the organizers will meet 5-6 December, 2014, in New Delhi, India, at the University of Chicago Center in Delhi. The session will be co-hosted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).  The organizers hope to include stakeholders and partners from India and around the world. Participants will range across a number of disciplines and professions, including medical professionals, lawyers, academics, community members, policy makers, and others. The goal is to promote cross-disciplinary thought, dialogue and action on developing and implementing a rights-based approach to TB. The session will consist of panel discussions and workshops on various subjects related to human rights and TB.  Limited funding will be available for participants based on need.

Session Publication

Health and Human Rights will be publishing a special issue in June 2016 on TB and human rights. Select papers will be featured in the publication, along with submissions from authors not participating onsite. Health and Human Rights is a peer-reviewed open access journal under the editorship of Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer, is published semiannually, with new issues released in June and December.