Consultation meeting on finding missing TB cases through integrated community-based TB service delivery, 11 to 13 April 2018: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
A global consultation meeting on finding missing TB cases through integrated community based TB service delivery was organized by the Global TB Programme (GTB) of the World Health Organization (WHO), on 11-13 April 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The event was organized in close collaboration with the Global Fund, USAID, Challenge TB and Stop TB Partnership. The purpose was to share country best practices and implementation strategies, identify programme gaps and opportunities and develop country specific roadmaps to improve existing plans including technical assistance needs to find missing TB cases through the ENGAGE-TB approach. The overall aim was to promote nationwide scale up of quality integrated community based TB activities. The meeting brought together National TB Programme (NTP) managers, NTP focal persons for community based TB activities, the Global Fund principal recipients for community based TB activities and WHO country staff, from seven priority countries under the Global Fund strategic initiative viz. Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, and United Republic of Tanzania.
The meeting enabled diverse and extensive sharing of experiences and best practices between the countries. This helped countries to identify key ingredients for nationwide scale up of quality integrated community based TB services. Monitoring and evaluation remains a major challenge. The outcomes of the meeting included country specific roadmap to ensure nationwide scale up of integrated community based TB activities, which will further be elaborated through national consultations based on the outcomes and experiences from the meeting.
The agenda, list of participants and presentations of the meeting are posted here, and meeting report will be available soon.