ENGAGE-TB pilot projects in five countries
World Health Organization has supported pilot projects implementing the ENGAGE-TB Approach in five countries since early 2012. These countries are the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania. The project is supported financially by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Secure the Future.
The process of rolling out the ENGAGE-TB approach in these countries included national consultations to strengthen the engagement of NGOs in community-based TB activities, development of the relevant policies, establishment of NGO Coordinating Bodies (NCBs) and financial and technical support to existing NGOs to integrate community-based TB activities into their ongoing work.
WHO provides policy and programmatic guidance and technical assistance, assists with standardizing monitoring and evaluation, and facilitates the linkages and collaboration between NGOs and national TB programmes.
In these five countries, a total of eight previously unengaged NGOs are being supported to integrate community-based TB activities into their work. The pilot projects include integration of TB into Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, HIV and cancer screening programmes. The NGOs have systems in place to collect data aligned with the two core indicators for community-based TB activities. These are the number of new TB patients notified from community referrals, and treatment outcomes for patients who received treatment support from the community.
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