About the Challenge Facility for Civil Society Round 7
Strengthening comprehensive responses to tuberculosis that engage and are accountable to communities
The Stop TB Partnership launched the call (deadline for applications 30 October 2015) for the seventh round of Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS) grants. The CFCS provides grants to technically sound and innovative interventions to support the engagement of communities in national tuberculosis (TB) responses. To date and in an era of top down, biomedical responses to TB, the CFCS did much to invest in and demonstrate the effectiveness of community responses - US$ 2.1 million has been awarded to 121 grantees in 41 countries since 2007.
Community responses are vital components of an efficient and effective TB response yet they still lack recognition as legitimate partners at national and local levels, which is compounded with a significant lack of resources for community initiatives . The CFCS has thus transformed from one which supports small scale community initiatives to investing more significantly in community responses that are integrated and part of a comprehensive response to TB. The Global Fund invests in community systems strengthening to build the capacity of community groups who can engage in the TB response at community and national levels. The CFCS compliments these investments.
To contribute to its vision of strengthened comprehensive TB responses that engage and are accountable to communities and its goal to strengthen community responses that are integrated and part of a comprehensive response to TB the 3 primary objectives of Round 7 are to:
- Strengthen existing or new national level TB constituencies that engage, represent and are accountable to communities.
- Reinforce the capacities & responses of local communities who are part of the TB response.
- Tighten linkages, collaboration and coordination between communities and government.
A strengthened, integrated and comprehensive TB response that explicitly responds to community needs.
Effective community engagement, strengthened representation and subsequent accountability to communities in the national TB response, as well as strengthened linkages and partnerships between community groups, public agencies, the Global Fund Country Coordination Mechanism and other actors.
Documented best practices and evidence based recommendations to enhance community responses that are integrated & part of a comprehensive response to TB, which can be adapted and replicated in other countries.
The conceptual framework for CFCS Round 7 can be downloaded here.
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A Lilly Foundation grant in association with the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership