Stop TB Partnership

Profiling the Nothing for Us without Us (NUWU) Project.

29 May 2015 - Ghana - As part of efforts to increase participation of TB affected communities in the response to TB in Ghana, the West Africa AIDS Foundation with support from STOP TB partnership-International in 2014 rolled out a program titled “Nothing for Us Without Us”. This initiative was aimed at empowering people who are either infected or affected with TB to be actively engaged in the discourse of TB programming and TB management in Ghana. The NUWU project outlined key objectives such as

  • To increase knowledge of the affected communities on TB control and its related matters in the country.
  • To foster alliance of all affected communities into a single body representing a collective voice of TB affected communities in Ghana.
  • To advocate for a seat on the Ghana CCM for persons affected with TB in Ghana.
  • To help build structures of TB voice network in order for them to become independent and well-functional in the TB fraternity.

WAAF engaged the use of capacity building training workshops and simulation approaches as tools for reaching these objectives. Since the project inception, WAAF has engaged a total of 40 individuals from over ten communities in a series of training workshops within the Greater Accra and Western Region in Ghana. Participants have not only had their knowledge enhanced on TB but also their communication and presentation skills allowing them to make significant contribution in the response to Tb care in Ghana. Through advocacy efforts, WAAF and members of the TB community advocated for a seat on the Ghana - CCM for Tb affected communities which have led to two members from the TB constituency gaining seats on the Ghana country coordinating mechanism. These representatives are: Mr. Jerry Amoah-Larbi who is the substantive member and Genevieve Dorbayi as the alternate representative.

WAAF is currently leading the course of getting TB voice network re-registered, assisting them in creating an independent website as the capacity building of their members continues.