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Name: Damien foundation
Street 1: Boulevard Leopold II, 263
Street 2:
City: Brussels
Post Code: 1081
Country: Belgium
Phone: 32 2 422 59 11
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Etienne
Last Name: Declercq
Title: Medical advisor to the Damien Foundation
Phone: 32 2 422 59 14

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Tine
Last Name: Demeulenaere
Title: Medical advisor to the Damien Foundation
Phone: 32 2 422 59 37

General Information

Board Constituency: Developed Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
The Damien Foundation is a Belgian non-governmental organization whose primary objective is to support tuberculosis and leprosy control activities in endemic countries. The support given is both technical and financial. The Foundation gives priority to direct collaboration with national programmes. It also supports research projects concerning tuberculosis or leprosy.
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care
Funding, including innovative and optimized approach to funding TB Care
Provision of drugs, diagnostics and commodities
Technical Assistance

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 11 - 25
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 11 - 25
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in TB control provision
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
The Damien Fohundation is not involved in TB control in Belgium, but in 15 developing or mid-level countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Belgium
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lao People's Democratic Republic


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
This is our first priority in all the 14 countries where the Damien Foundation is involved.

Drug-Resistant TB:
DF supports also the national programmes in that respect in all countries where we are involved. Special initiative has been taken in Bangladesh, in introducing in the DF projects a very successfull 9-month treatment regimen for MDR TB. Similar or slightly adapted regimens have also been introduced in other countries (Burundi, Niger). In the other countries, it is the 24-month WHO recommended regimen which is used.

TB/HIV receives also much attention in all 15 counties, with special emphasis for Africa. This is done through stimulating collaboration between the TB and the HIV/AIDS Programmes, in order to offer : HIV testing to all TB patients (in Rwanda, also to TB suspects); regular TB screening for HIV patients; proper management of TB/HIV co-infection, through CPT and ARV (according to national policies); IPT for non-TB HIV patients.

Laboratory Strengthening:
A system of external quality assurance for direct sputum microscopy has been introduced in all 15 countries where DF is present. LED microscopy is progressively introduced in some countries in high burden laboratories (DR Congo, Bangladesh, Burundi). Culture and DST is introduced in a number of countries or projects with the help of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Bangladesh, DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Niger, Nigeria, Guinea, India).

Some examples : short duration MDR TB treatment regimen in Bangladesh; collaboration with village doctors in Bangladesh, and with community volunteers in Burundi, for the identification of TB suspects and supervision of treatment; PAL in Nicaragua.


Declaration of interests:
No conflict of interest

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Last updated: June 16, 2014