Stop TB Partnership

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African Regional TB Summit post- UNHLM: Step up effort to find all people with TB.

High-level panel: Rogerio Cumbane (TB survivor, Mozambican Mineworkers Association, AMIMO), Marijke Wijnroks (Chief of Staff, The Global Fund), Stephen Mule (Global TB Caucus, Member of Parliament, Kenya), Bebe Cool (Musician, Celebrity TB Ambassador), Dr. Frank Bonsu (NTP Manager, Ghana), Hon. Dr. Sarah Opendi (Health Minister, Uganda), Hon. Norwu Howard (Deputy Health Minister, Liberia), Austin Obiefuna (Moderator, African Coalition on TB (ACT) ), Lucica Ditiu ( Stop TB Partnership).

4th - 6th March 2019; Kigali Rwanda

African countries have made significant progress towards addressing their high TB burden. However, gaps continue to exist in finding all people with TB including TB/HIV, DR-TB and childhood TB. Heads of the States committed in September 2018 during UNHLM to find and treat 40 million TB patients including 3.5 million children and 1.5 million drug resistant TB by 2022. Under the TB Strategic Initiative, several countries with a high burden of TB are partnering with the Global Fund, Stop TB Partnership, and the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement an ambitious program to find and treat an additional 1.5 million missing people with TB by the end of 2019.

African region has 39% of all missing people with TB and the 13 countries invited in this workshop contribute to 65% of missing people from the region.

Efforts to find all people with TB in health facilities and through private sector and community engagement have been implemented in all 13 countries but more remains to be done to get these approaches to scale. Programmatic, political, human rights and gender barriers must be eliminated to achieve ambitious TB targets set out in national strategic plans and the UNHLM declaration

Aim of the Summit

To support accelerated efforts in Africa to find and treat all patients with TB in line with UNHLM target.

Objective of the Summit

To review progress, challenges and share best practices in finding missing people with TB in DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and to support countries achieve national and global targets.

Specific objectives
  1. Exchange information, experiences and lessons in different TB case finding approaches in the participating countries;
  2. Identify barriers to improving TB case finding, reinforce commitments to eliminate these barriers and achieve the set national targets for finding all people with TB;
  3. Reinforce the urgency and shared responsibility between national TB program, PRs, CSOs national stakeholders and partners to achieve the targets;
  4. Prepare messages for the high-level meeting with Ministers of Health on aligning the countries’ TB response to the UNHLM commitments;
Summary of the summit outcomes

ALL COUNTRY PARTICIPANTS exchanged rich experiences on how they are working to finding the missing people with TB and how they are confronting challenges to achieve the national targets.

In addition, the meeting laid emphasis on the need to provide TB preventive treatment to millions of eligible individuals as per the UNHLM political declaration.

We are also happy that the meeting gave an opportunity for us all to value the role of advocacy and the added value of engaging celebrities, communities and civil society in our efforts to ensure high level political commitment as well as social mobilization.

Please allow us to highlight some of the important take away `how-to` messages from the meeting:

  1. Greater focus on TB service expansion amongst private providers by following the people in their health seeking efforts. Retail chemists were in this regard identified as key providers that require engagement
  2. Moving from small to large scale implementation of health facility case finding is necessary to achieve results.
  3. Increasing the use of data for timely decision making with shift from paper-based to electronic and real-time data and greater a focus on testing and screening data as well.
  4. Grounding the response to TB in human rights principles by identifying community, rights, gender barriers to care and beginning to address them
  5. Addressing barriers to rapid molecular diagnosis access by expanding the coverage of sputum transport networks. In addition, including accelerating the adoption and use TB-LAM among PLHIV.
  6. Optimizing the coverage of TB preventive therapy among ALL ELIGIBLE PLHIV and household contacts.
  7. As possible, create opportunities for engaging nationwide well known celebrities, networks of civil society and communities and people affected by TB to increase visibility of TB, the national TB programme among high level decision makers and population at large.
Meeting Report: African Regional TB Summit post-UNHLM on TB.
More about The Strategic Initiative to Find the Missing People With TB