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Organization Contact Information

Name: Catholic Relief Services
Street 1: 228 West Lexington Street
Street 2:
City: Baltimore
Province: Maryland
Post Code: 21201
Country: United States of America
Phone: 410-625-2220
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: Elena
Last Name: McEwan
Title: Senior Health Technical Adviser
Phone: 410-951-7436

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: Mwayabo Jean Claude
Last Name: Kazadi
Title: Senior Technical Adviser- HIV Care and Treatment
Phone: 410-9517471

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: Faith-based organization (FBO)
Organization Description:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community, and provides assistance to people in need without regard to race, religion or nationality. Supporting human health has been at the core of CRS’ programming since its inception in 1943, and health currently represents about 30% of the agency’s programmatic portfolio. In 2012, CRS managed nearly $200 million through 200 health projects in more than 50 countries worldwide, reaching over 21 million direct beneficiaries. While the majority of CRS health programming is focused in sub-Saharan Africa, CRS also has an extensive health portfolio in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Because CRS maintains an ongoing presence in the majority of the countries where it provides support, it is able to leverage its unique, long-established partnerships, which provide access to the thousands of healthcare institutions in both the public and faith-based healthcare network. CRS works in remote rural areas strengthening community systems where health care is frequently inaccessible, reaching the “last mile” of the health system and linking communities to facilities. By working at the sub-national level with Ministry of Health (MOH) staff and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners to strengthen their technical and management capacity, CRS helps develop community-based mechanisms to provide essential preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, to enable referrals and to promote uptake of and adherence to proven interventions. To ensure just and equitable distribution of health resources, CRS helps communities hold government accountable and advocate for the services they need.

Tuberculosis Prevention and Care

CRS’ tuberculosis (TB) programming spans three continents and 15 countries, and covers case management, TB-HIV co-infection, community TB, and nutritional support. In FY 2011, 24 Catholic Relief Services (CRS) projects included a TB focus or component. CRS has a significant level of ex
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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
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 26 - 50
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB communications
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: Technical assistance and advice
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:
CRS is working in partnerships with the NTP in the countries implementing TB programing by strenthening health systems, ACSM, and TB care and treatment.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United States of America
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Burkina Faso
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Viet Nam


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:
CRS is training health workforce in DOTS and community health volunteers to become treatment supporters, increase case finding, do referrals and support treatment adherance

CRS works in increasing TB screening for HIV + clients and HIV testing for TB patients. CRS also provides training, M&E to health staff and community health workers to improve integration of HIV and TB services

Laboratory Strengthening:
In Mali, CRS is strenghening lab by prviding lab upgrades, purchasing of lab supplies and microscopes and capacity-building for lab tecnicians


Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: June 19, 2009
Last updated: June 16, 2014