Recently the Activists Coalition on TB – Asia Pacific (ACT! AP) & APCASO, with support from Stop TB Partnership though USAID, launched a new training manual, “The Right to Breathe: Human Rights Training for People With and Affected by Tuberculosis”!  This is available here

This training manual was developed by TB-affected communites and TB activists to build and strengthen the capacity of people with and affected by TB to better understand the human rights issues and abuses they encounter and be able to respond constructively. Communities affected by TB include communities of people with TB disease, those who have previously had TB disease, and key populations like children, healthcare workers, indigenous peoples, people living with HIV, people who use drugs, prisoners, miners, mobile populations, women, the urban and rural poor, and their families, and dependents and their caregivers. This manual was designed primarily for members of these communities, who have been previously engaged by TB survivor groups and networks, TB peer support groups or organizations of key populations of TB, as well as civil society organizations that conduct capacity building and advocacy activities.

This manual contains seven (7) modules:

  1. Preliminaries, to include Introduction, Expectation setting, and Overview
  2. TB and Human Rights Situation
  3. Basic Orientation on TB
  4. Bridging Session: TB-Related Issues in the Community
  5. Understanding Human Rights Issues in TB
  6. Documenting TB-related Human Rights Violations
  7. Developing Advocacy Skills

“TB Affected Communities, in the Declaration of the rights of people affected by TB, refers to: Any person with tuberculosis disease or who previously had tuberculosis disease, as well as their care givers and immediate family members, and members of tuberculosis key and vulnerable populations, such as children, health care workers, indigenous peoples, people living with HIV, people who use drugs, prisoners, miners, mobile and migrant populations, women, and the urban and rural poor.”