Stop TB Partnership

Digital Health Technology Hub

Our Vision

Digital health technologies have the potential to transform healthcare systems and be a gamechanger for millions of people affected by tuberculosis (TB). The Stop TB Partnership has been at the forefront of advocating for, sourcing, evaluating, and introducing digital health technologies for the past seven years, and, during COVID- 19, has been working closing with global and in-country partners to scale these solutions to mitigate interruptions in routine TB services.

Built on these years of experience in working with digital health technology innovators and innovations, the Stop TB Partnership is launching the Digital Health Technology Hub (DHT Hub) to advance our mission - to end TB by 2030 - through the adoption of sustainable and evidence-based digital health technology to empower underserved communities on their journey towards TB elimination.

Our Goals

The DHT Hub will coordinate and build upon the various digital health technology initiatives and projects within the Stop TB Partnership, and initially focus on the following key areas:

  1. Build and expand the evidence, information, and experience of the appropriate use of digital health technologies, especially, but not limited to TB response;
  2. Source and identify, accelerate the roll-out, and catalyze the integrated platform of various digital health technologies for TB and across diseases;
  3. Catalyze the accelerated development and roll-out of promising digital health technologies for TB and across diseases; and
  4. Create a space for our partners from country programs, implementing partners, civil society and communities to understand about evidence-based digital health technologies for the TB response and provide technical support to implement and scale-up these solutions.

Areas of Action

Innovation focus areas

We are currently fostering innovation in a number of focus areas throughout the care cascade and are actively seeking to include new technologies as they emerge and show potential to revolutionize TB diagnostics, treatment and care.

AI- Powered Computer-aided Reading Software

Can utilize AI techniques to automatically interpret and detect TB-related radiological signs from chest X-rays. These technologies hold promise to expand TB diagnostic capacity considerably.
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Community-Led Monitoring Tools

Allow people affected by TB to engage, report and monitor barriers to TB care and support services, human rights violations and TB stigma for social accountability purposes, people centred care and the advancement of a rights-based approach to TB.
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Digital Adherence Technology

Provide differentiated treatment care and support to TB affected people.
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Diagnostics Connectivity Solutions

Allow for rapid sharing of diagnostic test results to get people on treatment sooner, and make possible the real-time remote monitoring of instrument operational performance and inventory management.
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Re-imagining TB Care

Transform when, where, and how affordable, high-quality, and people-centered care is provided and accessed by TB affected communities and people.
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Accelerator for Impact (a4i)

Catalyze the rapid roll-out of digital health technologies by providing fit-for-purpose capital and technical support to small- and medium-enterprises and start-ups , particularly from TB affected countries
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Virtual Innovations Spotlight

Present and share upcoming and innovative digital solutions with country programmes, healthcare providers, the communities and people affected by TB.
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Using digital health technologies in the time of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads globally, the disruption in routine health services and the need for social distancing make it particularly challenging for TB programmes to carry out routine operations and to provide the necessary care for people and communities affected by TB. As such, TB programmes have to rely on alternative options, including digital health technologies, to bring required TB services to the people and communities affected by TB.

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