TB REACH WAVE 8
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
A USAID – STOP TB/TB REACH COLLABORATION
To focus on engaging private providers in the TB response
Deadline for applications: 5 May 2020 at 17:00 Geneva time
25 March 2020, Geneva, Switzerland - The Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative today launches its Wave 8 round of funding to boost private provider engagement in the fight against TB. Now more than ever, multi-sectorial collaboration must lead the way in infectious disease elimination.
TB REACH, established in 2010 with the leadership of Global Affairs Canada, has funded ground-breaking approaches and technologies aimed at increasing the number of people diagnosed and treated for TB, decreasing treatment time and improving treatment success rates. TB REACH combines fast-track, results-based financing and rigorous, external monitoring and evaluation (M&E), so other donor agencies and/or national governments can scale-up successful approaches and maximize their own investments.
The Wave 8 of funding is being launched in collaboration and with financial support and guidance from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The funding will be available to local, non - governmental organizations from 24 USAID priority countries.
These countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Wave 8 seeks bold proposals that will engage private providers ranging from large hospitals to medicine vendors. The interventions should focus on creating sustainable models for collaborative activities between private providers and the public sector and on increasing the number of people found, tested and notified with TB in the private sector.
Over 3 million people with TB still go undetected by the routine health systems, and there is mounting evidence that many of these “missing” individuals first seek care from the private health care sector. There, they are either not diagnosed with TB or not notified to public health authorities. To strengthen collaborative activities between private health care providers and the public health systems, USAID has previously supported TB REACH private provider engagement efforts in Waves 6 and 7. USAID is now committing additional funding to these activities under TB REACH Wave 8.
Wave 8 coincides with emerging evidence of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health systems globally. The current events provide a clear opportunity for multi-sectorial partnerships at country level to tackle the spread of infectious disease.
“Now is exactly the time to triple our efforts in addressing killer respiratory infections. COVID-19 is not only wreaking havoc on health systems globally, it has the potential to set back our efforts in ending TB. Private providers have a huge role to play and engaging them in TB response, in the right manner, is crucial to our success.” said Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership.