Often the distance to primary health centres is far and the collection of several sputum samples means that individuals have to travel to facilities two or three times before obtaining a result.
That’s why the TB REACH project is so important. It’s the initiative of the Stop TB Partnership, which the Alliance is part of. Through TB REACH, community-based organisations are now able to extend their services to hard to reach and marginalised populations, improving the coverage for TB services.
On 1 December 2010 TB REACH will put out a call for proposals for the second wave of funding. Applications will be accepted until 28 February 2011.
A list of eligible countries and all necessary guidelines and eligibility requirements will be available on the TB REACH website here, from 1 December, along with an application form.
Narrowing the gap
Launched in January 2010, TB REACH is a fast-track funding initiative of the Stop TB Partnership that focuses on reaching people who have limited or no access to TB services. The main objective is to promote early and increased detection of infectious TB cases and ensuring their timely treatment.
The initiative contributes to addressing the wide and persistent gap in detection of TB cases, which remains a major barrier to accelerating progress in the global fight against TB. It is estimated that over 9 million new cases of TB occur worldwide each year but only 5 to 6 million TB cases are detected and notified by national TB programmes.
There is a need for civil society organisations to work closely with national TB programs to ensure the response is coordinated, and built on sustainable partnerships.
Plans into action
Under the first wave of TB REACH funding, which was announced in January 2010, 30 NGO and governmental projects were started in 19 countries.
This second call for TB REACH proposals offers an opportunity for national TB programmes, NGOS and governmental organisations, Stop TB partners and civil society organisations to develop ground-breaking, innovative approaches and techniques and obtain the necessary funding to put them into action.
Successful applicants must demonstrate that their projects can reach people from the poorest and society's most vulnerable groups - the people who are not currently accessing accurate TB diagnosis and treatment.
The fourth round of the Stop TB Partnership's Challenge Facility for Civil Society has been announced. This round will provide funds (between USD 5,000 - USD 20,000) to community-based civil society organisations whose work focuses on advocacy and social mobilisation activities in countries affected by TB.
It aims to make the voices of vulnerable communities affected by TB, including people living with HIV, heard by local policy makers.
The deadline is 8 December 2010. More information and detailed guidelines on how to fill out the application form, here.